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What is Abortion?

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Question 1 Abortion is one of the most controversial issues within today's society. Abortion is the deliberate termination of a pregnancy; the foetus is removed usually before twenty-four weeks of pregnancy. Many Christians have different beliefs about the topic of abortion; therefore it is more difficult for individuals to know what is accepted and what's not. It was once illegal to have an abortion in the United Kingdom. Women who wanted an abortion had to find secret, illegal ways of terminating their pregnancies. Women who could not afford a private clinic could either go to 'back street' clinics, often staffed by unqualified or under-qualified people, or try to terminate their pregnancies at home, using things such as knitting needles and alcohol. As a result many women died from infection or haemorrhaging. Whereas others became seriously ill and, in some cases, were unable to have more children in the future. The 1967 Abortion Act allowed women to seek an abortion in all areas of the United Kingdom, except Northern Ireland. ...read more.


(Genesis 1: 26-27) This passage shows the unique place human beings have in God's creation. We are created in his image, somehow to be like him. Human life is precious and special to God; it should be protected particularly at its most vulnerable stages, the beginning and end of life. "Thou shalt not kill" (Exodus 20: 13) Taken from the Ten Commandments, which were given by God as a pattern for good and moral living. Many Christians believe that this commandment supports the view that abortion is wrong and against the will of God. It is seen as murder. "What! Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are brought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Corinthians 6: 19-20) ...read more.


They believe that the foetus is a God-given life and is to be nurtured, supported and protected. The mother is to be shown compassion and her feelings and wishes are to be recognised. Abortions should be carried out in the early stages of the pregnancy and that the numbers of abortions should be cut and more support should be given to pregnant mums. I would like to conclude be stating that due to the extremely different beliefs Christians hold about abortion, one cannot define the difference between right and wrong. However each individual argument has positive and negative aspect for both sides, this results in disagreements and long-term fallouts, which affect entire congregations. Therefore how can a mother know if she is making the right decision when the churches cannot even agree, and controversial arguments relevant to abortion are exposed to the media on a daily bases, which also affect the decision mother's make. The majority of the time mother's are influenced by their churches when that specific church doesn't even know if its teachings are correct. By Arron Pollock 12RT Arron Pollock 12RT ...read more.

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