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What is meant by the word abortion?

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What is meant by the word abortion? Abortion is an apparition to end a pregnancy through the expulsion of the foetus from the womb .In the UK it is illegal to have an abortion after twenty four weeks apart from life threatening circumstances. Abortion is a very complex moral issue with huge diversity of opinion, even in the Christian church. What biblical teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion? Different churches have different opinions on abortion, for example, The Roman Catholic Church says abortion is wrong and a sin In all cases. The Protestant Church says that abortion may be acceptable in some cases. Within the Christian church there is a diversity of belief and opinion on the subject. Christians believe all people should take full responsibilities for their bodies as they are 'the temple of the holy spirit'. Sex should not come out of lust but should express respect, love and consideration for both people. Parents also have a responsibility to there unborn child, but not all Christians believe life begins at conception but many do. Catholics do believe that life begins at conception and the Pope forbids all forms of contraception. ...read more.

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In the Ten Commandments it states 'Thou shalt not murder' People believe different things about when a life begins either at conception or at birth or somewhere in between. Therefore people who believe that life begins at conception see abortion as a sin. Others who believe that life begins at birth don't see abortion as murder. 'God created every part of me; God put me together in my mothers womb' This shows no pregnancy is unplanned and God intends every pregnancy that there is. Some Christians feel it is a gift from God. Explain how Christians may put their beliefs about abortion into action? There are many ways that Christians might put their beliefs about abortion into action. Christians show through discussion that they disagree with abortion and they may refer to their faith and biblical teachings about abortion. Some Christians have set up 'pro life' organisations which campaigns against abortion a well known one is SPUC Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child. Their beliefs about abortion may affect the way they vote. Some candidates for election make statements about their views on abortion. ...read more.

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I do believe that advice should be given to people in this position. Proper sex education should be given to young people and other options explained. Contraception should be cheaper and more readily available. I don't think abortion should be used regularly and people should pay to have an abortion. Exceptions of payment may be made in certain circumstances e.g. rape, or the pregnancy becomes life threatening. I believe that young people should not just be told about it but be allowed to discuss it, they should be told where they can go for help and confidential advice. A Christian approach to explaining it may not always be the best option as many young people have no faith in religion and see it as a fantasy. A vicar explaining what the bible teachings are, will not be acknowledged as much as a young adviser. For the Pope to say that contraception is wrong and expecting people to obey is not fair. Sex is a big part of peoples lives today and obviously was not when the bible was written. The Pope may also be blamed for the spread of STD's, therefore the death of many Catholics. The bible is very narrow in its teachings, one story may give many different moral teachings. ...read more.

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