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Abortion: Coursework Question A (1): What is meant by abortion? Abortion is the removal from the womb of a growing foetus (the unborn child in the womb). The issue of abortion and whether or not it is right or wrong has created a lot of discussion across the world. It is an issue that affects thousands of people every year, and something that these people, especially women, have to make a big decision about. In 1967, a law about abortion, the Abortion Act, was passed. It stated that a person would not be guilty of the unlawful ending of a pregnancy if: * The operation is carried out by a registered doctor in a registered hospital (unless it's an emergency) * Two registered doctors agree that by carrying on with the pregnancy there would be a risk to the physical and mental health of the mother, or that there is a risk that the foetus would be born with a serious physical or mental handicap In 1990, another law about abortion, the Human Fertilization and Embryology Act, was passed. It stated abortion would only be acceptable if: * The pregnancy is no longer than 24 weeks * The pregnancy involves risk to the physical and mental health of the pregnant mother, or any existing children of the family * There is a substantial ...read more.


This quote states that life begins in the womb, as the baby moved within Elizabeth as Mary spoke. When Elizabeth is 'filled with the Holy Spirit' she is filled with God, who is the Holy Spirit. This means that her baby is a part of God, and killing it would be like killing God. Psalm 99: 3 Old Testament "Know that He, the Lord, is God. He made us, we belong to Him." This quote says that God made us - He gives life, and so only He has the right to take it back. Humans are not allowed to make that decision because they don't have the power. Isaiah 49:50 Old Testament "Can a mother forget the infant of her womb? Well, even if she should forget, I will never forget." This quote plainly states that if an abortion is carried out, if an innocent child is taken away before having the chance to live, and the mother forgets, God will never forget. At this however, God could forgive because that is what Jesus taught. Question B: How do Christians respond to the question of abortion? Many Christians, Christian teachings, the Bible, churches, etc are all either with or against abortion. The Church of England, for example, believes that the life of the foetus has to be protected, but if the foetus endangers the life of the mother, action can be taken. ...read more.


Most people against abortion, people who believe in the pro-life policy, argue their case by saying that the unborn child, the foetus, is a separate human being. It is never considered just a part of the mother's body, but an individual. Even if the baby has serious handicaps, he or she can lead happy lives if given the chance to live. It has the right not to be killed. Abortions can also always go wrong, and can leave physical or mental scars on a woman. Most Christian churches are against abortion, but some are more lenient than others. However, the Roman Catholic Church states that we have been made like God. In every foetus, God has made a completely new human being. All people must realise that God gives human life, and only God can end life. Almost all Biblical quotes are against abortion. Jesus said that killing is wrong under any circumstances. Job 1: 21 Old Testament "He said, 'I was born with nothing, and I will die with nothing. The Lord gave, and now He has taken away, may His name be praised.'" This quote states that God, and only God can take away life, because He gave it in the first place. Personally, I am against abortion, as I believe that everyone and everything has the right to live. God gives life; therefore only God can end life. ...read more.

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