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  1. Christian (Roman Catholic) perspectives on personal, social and world issues - abortion

    The abortion act stated that with the approval of two doctors an abortion could take place under the following conditions: * The mother's physical or mental health is at risk * The mother's life is at risk if the pregnancy continues * There is risk of harm to existing children * Scans or tests show that the baby is badly physically or mentally disabled and has a deformity meaning it is unlikely to live at birth. This last statement undermines the value of life.

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  2. Explain the different views/beliefs Christians hold about the Sanctity of life, and their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of life.

    the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth." So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26-27 God created us with great care and he has our lives mapped out since birth as every small particle in our body is so intricately designed.

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  3. What is Abortion?

    First the mifepristone is taken which blocks progesterone, a hormone needed to maintain the pregnancy. About 48 hours later the misoprostol is taken which causes contractions in the uterus (the organ in which the fetus develops). These uterine contractions expel the fetus. There are other methods of abortion, such as taking misoprostol with methotrexate, which has pretty much the same effect as the morning-after pill, each method using a different way to get rid of the fetus. I believe that abortion is morally wrong and should be made illegal.

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  4. Abortion is a matter of life and death for an innocent human being.

    The result was many women were seriously injured and approximately 30 women died each year. In 1967 parliament passed and Abortion Act, which made an abortion legal if it was performed in the first 28 weeks of the pregnancy. The human Fertilization and Embryology Act 1990 reduced the time in which a legal termination is permitted to 24 weeks. An abortion is legal if two doctors agree that one of the following circumstances exists: * There is risk to the life of the mother if the pregnancy continued. * There is risk of injury to the mental or physical health of the mother.

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  5. Could a Christian ever approve of Abortion?

    two doctors agree that: * To continue the pregnancy would involve a risk of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant women greater than the risks involved in having an abortion; * That to continue the pregnancy would involve risk of injury to the physical or mental health of any existing children of the pregnant women greater than the risks involved in her having an abortion. However, the law would allow an abortion at any stage during the pregnancy if * The doctors agree that continuing the pregnancy would involve risk to the life of the mother;

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  6. My Granny

    Her leather watch never seemed to leave her tiny wrist. On her left hand her wedding ring reminded her of her happy times with her husband Billy Granny was born in May 1912 and grew up in the country. She and 4 sisters and 3 brothers. 2 of her sisters died young. Granny and her family then moved to get work in the city. Granny took up stitching and married Billy in 1940. Billy was both a bookkeeper in the rope works and the shipyard.

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  7. The right to kill the unborn child is morally and ethically wrong and should be considered murder. Abortion.

    Therefore, abortion should be also. It is even a felony to destroy the eggs of certain animals. Knowing that this is true, it is only logical that having an abortion is to be at least, if not, a larger crime. The intentional acts that result in physical or emotional harm to children is termed as child abuse. If abortion is legal, then the laws on child abuse should also be abolished. Because there is no point to have a law against child abuse when abortion, the greatest form of child abuse, is protected as one.

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  8. Inner Flame

    I just can't find the courage in myself to look after my son, after what happened. The fear is tearing me apart. Even the paintings on the wall look as though they are umpiring my every move, looking at what a bad mother I have become. This is all because of that one night. Babysitting. The ritual was always the same. The sun would set, like a half eaten pizza, bringing out the orangey pink colours. After school, I would skip to Jacobs's house, energized and ready to baby-sit. I would go into their fire lit room, which was full of warm glowing colours.

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  9. Euthanasia, abortion and the Church

    Many teenage girls choose to have the procedure done mainly fearing the disapproval of her parents or they fear what other will think. Some choose to abort because advanced technology has alerted them to a physical defect that the baby may suffer. However, these are not arguments to terminate an innocent being. Women have a choice to engage in sexual intercourse, and if they choose to, they should take complete responsibility for any unexpected events. As well, God creates each being perfectly in his own image; humans are the ones who created imperfection.

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  10. The Chamberlain Case -

    The aim of the Prosecution is to provide evidence which would lead to the conviction of Lindy Chamberlain of the murder of her daughter, Azaria. There were four arguments which eventually lead to Lindy's conviction. Firstly Ian Barker stated that, although Azaria's body was never found, they would easily see, from the evidence, that she was in fact dead. The way of death they would also find difficult to determine accurately, because a body was never found, but it would be proved, from the scientific evidence presented, that Azaria had died due to the loss of a large amount of blood after having had her throat cut.

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  11. "Scifientic advances continue to raise ethical questions within the field of medicine, which can lead to conflict in society." Discuss this statement with reference to at least three contemporary examples.

    All of these carry different medical ethics for different reasons and situations. I intend to explain what each issue is and why they question medical ethics. The first issue I will discuss is abortion. Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy during the first 12 weeks of gestation. Over 43% of women will have one abortion during their lifetime. There are many reasons why women decide to have abortions such as the vast majority had abortions because of personal reasons, the table below shows the figures and reasons: - 21% Feel they do not have the financial resources to support the upbringing of the baby.

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  12. Uld Abortion simply become another medical practice carried out regardless of the consequences!

    However if the abortion law was broken there were no fixed penalties and the woman having the abortion was not necessarily held responsible. Abortion is defined as a method in which the baby still in the mother's womb or the living embryo/fetus is killed. Abortion destroys the lives of helpless, innocent children and illegal in many countries such as Northern Ireland. By aborting these unborn infants I believe humans are hurting themselves; they are not allowing themselves to meet these new identities and unique personalities.

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  13. Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibilities for those at the beginning and ends of their lives.

    It is debatable whether abortion is murder or not or when life begins. Roman Catholics believe that life begins at conception and that abortion is murder, but the Church of England's view is that 'the mother is to be shown compassion, and her feelings and wishes are to be recognised'. Other groups of Christians believe it is a free choice however the woman should be fully informed about all the options. These churches feel that all cases of abortion are different and you cannot make one set of rules regarding abortion. Also at the start of someone's life one must care and nurture the growing child and care for it to enter the world.

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  14. Discuss the representation of men and women in one episode of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    With Phil being the father and having a job as a judge you would expect him to be mature and very secure with himself with his position in the family, but in this episode he feels threatened by baby Nicky. He acts immature around Vivien because he feels that he is going to act like a baby to get any attention off her now they have the baby. Also Vivien is immature because she has the 'separation anxiety' from baby Nicky and end ups walking around singing Wheels On The Bus.

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  15. Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of their lives.

    This is exactly what a child is. This also shows us how much God loved children. In Jeremiah 1:4-5 it says " I chose you before I gave you life." This means that before we were conceived God had us planned. Even before your parents knew they were going to have a baby, God knew! It is Gods will for us to be born and to fulfil his plans that he had for us. Although God has our life designed for us before we are conceived, it doesn't always go to plan!

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  16. What biblical and Church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion?

    This means as soon as the egg is fertilised, it is as precious as a human life and needs to be protected, so an abortion would be wrong. Although Salvation Army does feel that abortion is necessary if the woman's life is in danger from keeping the baby. Abortion may be justified in cases of proven rape or incest. The Church of England questions 'When does human life begin?' Some believe the embryo has human rights and that to destroy it is murder, but others claim that the only decisive factor is whether the foetus could survive on its own outside the womb.

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  17. Medical ethics: Three scenarios Mabel, Jack and Rupert.

    The baby is unable to determine its own future therefore this decision relies on the mother. The rights or what social contract Mabel will have to an abortion we can see that the choice to preserving a life is up to her until the foetus reaches a certain age. But what it means to be a person is consciences. Only then may they be endowed with rights therefore the foetus would have none. The Sanctity of life arguments is proposed to support religious beliefs. They follow the idea that life is scared and given to humans by God.

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  18. Some Christians believe that human life is sacred. Explain how this belief influences their attitude to abortion and euthanasia, showing you understand other points of view.

    Human life is sacred as it involves the creative action of God from the very beginning i.e. inside the womb. Therefore abortion would be classified as playing God as whilst he is trying to create, you are trying to destroy. This would be a sin and an act of 'blasphemy' " God created every part of a person whilst in the womb" (Psalms 139:13). God is the creator and destroyer, we are made in his image therefore it is his given authority to have control over events not ours "God states the time for birth and death (Ecclesiastes)."

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  19. The Good Corn - review.

    basically the only educated gender and this was because, most of the time, men are physically stronger and were thought to be wiser and suppose to be the more dominant sex. Joe Mortimer wasn't really the stereotypical male; he just made a living from owning a farm and sold cherries, onions, turnips and small animals like pigeons but he still had some traits like the urge for sex and love for his wife. Mrs. Mortimer is a stereotypical middle aged married woman with one passion, to have a baby.

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  20. The Christian teaching about abortion.

    At the minute 78% of all abortions are obtained in developing countries and 22% in developed. While a further 20 million are obtained in countries where it is restricted or prohibited by law! I find this disgraceful and feel a stronger law should be enforced as quickly as possible. One line of argument is to say that the foetus, a bunch of cells, (an unborn child) is not a human being and therefore that to kill it is not wrong.

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  21. In this assignment the topic discussed is whether the sanctity of life view is a moral absolute when applying it to the subject of abortion?

    Conversely one strong criticism of this view is that the date of viability changes, in English law it has been reduced from 28 weeks to 24 weeks. This has caused many people offence because whether one is considered as a person depends on shifting state of medical research. No religion actively supports abortion but some do permit it in certain circumstances. The Church of England and the Church of Scotland teach that abortion is wrong. However they do make exceptions in extreme circumstances such as serious risk to the mother's health and life.

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  22. Abortion and Euthanasia - the ideological conflict within Christianity

    A Christian viewpoint of this would be that it is wrong, but some Christians would make exceptions. This shows that views do differ from religious groups, and a different group, Roman Catholics, do not accept abortion is right under any circumstance, and believe that there should be no legal right to abortion. The view that abortion should be banned starts from the belief that no one should take the life of an innocent person, whatever their conscience tells them. Some Christians would agree with me, that life begins at the moment of conception. They believe that when the sperm and egg come together a unique being is formed with its own genetic make up.

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  23. Explain the beliefs that Christians hold about the responsabilities for those at the beginning and end of their lives.

    A child is without defence and has a right to carry out his life given to him by god, Christians believe that they have a duty to protect that child. Even in the case of a rape, the man committing the crime should bear the consequence not the defenceless baby, is a baby born as a result not like making good of bad, a life is a gift from god. Even if a conception was not meant, god still has a purpose for that life.

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  24. Abortion- could you live with the remorse of murder on your conscience?

    "All human life is of equal value, even a foetus or embryo has rights." I completely agree with this statement. All human life is of equal value. The life of the child in the womb is neither more nor less important than that of the Mother. Even if its a single call it still has the potential to develop through all stages of the human life span so therefore its still classified as a human. Everyone should have an equal chance at life, with an abortion the Mother is making the decision for the unborn child, which is unfair.

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