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Views on abortion and divorce in Christianity and Judaism.

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ISSUES STUDIED: ABORTION AND DIVORCE RELIGIONS STUDIED: CHRISTIANITY AND JUDAISM Provide; 1. AN EXPLANATION OF THE ISSUE 2. THE EFFECT THE ISSUE HAS ON SOCIETY AS A WHOLE 3. EXPLANATION AS TO HOW THE 2 RELIGIONS VIEW THE ISSUE 4. RELATED RESEARCH MATERIALS SUCH AS NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, MAGAZINE ARTICLES, WEBSITES, TEXTS INCLUDED AND REFERRED TO 1.Divorce can be defined as the legal dissolution of a marriage. There are many factors that can lead to a divorce, including affective issues, such as communication problems and incompatability, abusive behaviors, such as physical violence towards a spouse or children, drug or alcohol abuse, and emotional and/or verbal abuse, and external pressures such as financial problems, work, family interference and physical and mental health. ...read more.


There are a number of factors that may lead to an abortion including to preserve the life or health of the mother, to prevent a pregnancy brought about by rape, to prevent a child being born mentally or physically disabled and to prevent a birth because, for example, the mother is very young. 2. Abortion has had a negative effect on society in the way that a number of people are starting to take advantage of the abortion process in the way of aborting unwanted and handicapped children due to the inconvenience or declined quality of life of the parents of the potential child. Although, the option of abortion has had a positive effect on society in the way that it potentially prevents the birth of a child into a life of poverty and possible abuse, due to the mother not wishing to have a child. ...read more.


However, most Christians acknowledge that in some situations abortion is the 'lesser of two evils'. The Church of England recognises the fact that abortion is sometimes necessary, but should only be performed 'after the most serious moral reflection'. The church believes that if an abortion is necessary it should be carried out as early as possible in the pregnancy in order to avoid late abortions. The Roman Catholic Church is one of the few religions that prohibits abortion under all circumstances. The beliefs of the church are that life begins at fertilisation and is sacred from that moment, and therefore any abortion from this stage onwards is the taking of a life. Adoption is strongly encouraged as the solution to an unwanted pregnancy. Even in the instance where a pregnancy would pose a serious risk to a woman's health or life, it is still unacceptable to terminate the pregnancy deliberately. ...read more.

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