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What is meant by the word abortion?

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A)i) What is meant by the word abortion? The word abortion means to induce the expulsion of a foetus before it can survive. Usually an abortion is performed before the 24th week when medically the foetus is not alive . There are two types of abortion 1) where the body expels the foetus of its own accord, usually due to a problem with the baby or the mother. When this occurs this is called a miscarriage. 2) this is where labour is induced on purpose and the life of the foetus is cut short. There are many reasons why this is done like if the pregnancy causes the mother harm it can also occur when the baby when born will be severely handicapped in some way. Though in some cases it happens because the mother does not have enough money to support another child or she is too young to care for the baby. A) ii) What Biblical and Church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion? Christians view abortion with sadness because it involves the termination of a developing human life which can be seen as evil. Most churches are against abortion though there are others who except abortion as a sad necessity in some circumstances . The bible it self does not mention abortion in any of its 600 laws of Moses. According to the Bible life begins when it is born 'draws its first breath', "breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul." ...read more.


The new Testament is more pro-life than the old testament maybe as it is more focused around Jesus who is very pro-life "Suffer the little children to come unto me , and forbid them not." (Mark 10:14). The new testament is also very non judgemental "Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged : and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again." (Matthew 7:1,2) showing that you should not judge the babies life or judge the mothers decision to have the abortion where as in the old testament it tells us that "an eye for an eye , a tooth for a tooth" it is backing the view of judgement and revenge. In the argument of abortion you are either for it or against it . It is hard to be in-between as you are talking about a human life and all human life, which has a right to be here, this also means the mother has a right to get rid of the baby or to keep it as the mother is the one who will be carrying the baby for nine months and in most cases , where mothers do not chose adoption, they then look after the baby. This , is chases where the baby is unwanted is not always a good situation for both the baby or the mother as the baby now grows up in an unloved environment and could drive the mother to ...read more.


Many say you don not need to justify it, but for me to agree that it is ok you must justify the reason, like all things in life. You can not simply kill something without out a valid reason. To say that it is never justified is a bit strong though some people would not, for one who says never is too strong they must be then exceptions but I say where do the exceptions stop? Abortion is legal but I believe that there should be restrictions on who should be able to have one. With this in mind there must be an alternative with it , if you limit the situations that people may have an abortion, for example a women forgets to take her pill and ends up pregnant but has every thing needed to bring a child in to the world and give it healthy life then she should not be allowed to abort it, in that circumstance there then should be help for her to be able to keep the baby yet still be happy. I feel the Bible has no stable view on abortion as it contradicts its self too much. Though 'Thou shalt not kill' is very true and that killing a baby is wrong later on in the bible it tells people to go out and kill everyone. Though the Bible does contradict its self it tells us that we are God's gift and that he has given us life and we have no right to take that gift away only he has that power. Emily Blackwell R.S. Abortion Coursework - 1 - ...read more.

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