• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The sanctity of life - Abortion

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The sanctity of life - Abortion Explain how Christians would respond to the issue you have chosen. In your answer you should refer to different attitudes that Christian's have to the selected issue, as well as to the practical ways that Christians might offer support. Contraception: A means of stopping conception (pregnancy) taking place by chemical or mechanical means. Abortion: Stopping the development of a foetus by chemical or mechanical means. There are many viewpoints on contraception from the different Christian churches. Most couples in today's times feel they have the need to control the amount of children they have. The Roman Church teaches that sexual intercourse should only been done if it's in the means of conception. There is much controversy over these views especially in places where there is overpopulation. "It is right and proper for parents to regulate the number of children that they have and the spaces between the children, but not be means that which artificially make it impossible for sexual intercourse to result in conception (pregnancy)." ...read more.

Middle

The 1967 Abortion Act, which legalised abortion on social grounds as well as purely health grounds, was a big step forward in women's struggle for reproductive rights - for the right to end an unwanted pregnancy. Its introduction is a testament to the determination of women in the labour movement and other campaigners for women's rights to end the suffering caused by illegal, 'back street' abortions. 'Back street' abortions happened before 1967 (and for years afterwards). These illegal abortions were usually carried out by unskilled people under unhygienic conditions, and thousands of women each year died or were left with permanent health problems after suffering haemorrhaging or infection from a unhygienic abortion. Many were too scared to seek medical attention as they risked prison by doing so; and most woman who sought for an abortion were out of marriage - something that was strongly forbidden back then. The Abortion Act was introduced at a time of economic boom when women were starting to work outside the home in greater numbers, were growing in confidence and demanding recognition of their role and rights within society. ...read more.

Conclusion

a situation where the mother may die or if she is likely to suffer very seriously psychologically problems, than an abortion may take place; the same as The Church Of England, Protestants, The Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Judaism would never agree with a termination for 'social' reasons e.g. if it was the wrong gender, or got in the way of a trip or just didn't want it. So basically, all the religions agree on the fact that a human life is sacred and there should never be an abortion, but only in extreme cases (as shown above) should abortion be taken place, in accordance with the go ahead by two different doctors. "When in the course of a brawl a man knocks against a pregnant woman so that she has a miscarriage but suffers no further hurt than the offender must pay whatever fine the woman's husband demands after assessment. If the woman is further hurt you shall give life for life." (Exodus 21:22-3) Rachel. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Abortion and other medical issues section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Abortion and other medical issues essays

  1. An acceptance of the practice of abortion is incompatible with Christian beliefs in the ...

    Those two elements are as follows: 1 The regimen I shall adopt shall be for the benefit of the patients according to my ability and judgement and not for their hurt or for any wrong. 2 I will not aid a woman to procure an abortion It was however decided that these views (contained within the Hippocratic Oath)

  2. Is the Sanctity of Life to be regarded as a Moral Absolute? Discuss in ...

    With the problem of rape and whether abortion is right, it is out of sympathy that we allow abortion yet it does not answer the question of if the foetus is a person and what rights does it have? If the foetus is a human then the rape victim has

  1. With reference to abortion, examine and comment on the view that the sanctity of ...

    There is also a process called quickening. This is the time when the baby first moves in the womb. It is supported by the experience of John the Baptist's mother, described in the Bible: When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with

  2. “An acceptance of the practice of abortion with Christian beliefs in the sanctity of ...

    into another human or is alive in an after life of some kind and we are not killing a person but only a human form of clothing, as it were, for the soul. Catholics cannot teach that the soul is immortal as it means it has a beginning and therefore

  1. Is The Sanctity of Life to be regarded as a Moral Absolute? Discuss in ...

    If the foetus is regarded as fully human then it has all rights that a person would have and that it can never be aborted. The bible tells us that the foetus is a child and it has all the rights as a human and that because God gave it life so therefore it is sacred.

  2. An Analysis of Religious Views on the Start and End of Life.

    "'Put your sword back in its place,' Jesus said to him, 'for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.'" (John 25,52) This quote shows that something bad will happen to you if you do something bad to someone else.

  1. Abortion - The dictionary defines life to be an interval of time between life ...

    Abortions come with risks such as heavy bleeding, blood clots in the uterus, organ injury, an incomplete abortion, an allergic reaction to the drugs, a cut or torn cervix or death. Some alternatives to abortion are: * not to have sex * give the baby up for adoption * have

  2. The Sanctity of Life

    The Catholic Church also stresses that Euthanasia is also committing murder. The Church says that allowing or helping people to die is committing murder. Whether the person has a disability or is unable to commit suicide, the Catholic Church would still say it is murder.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work