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What is meant by the word Abortion?

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Re Coursework Robert Hall Abortion 1) What is meant by the word Abortion? The word abortion is defined by the Roman Catholic Church as the deliberate killing of an unborn foetus. To terminate the life of a foetus accidentally is called a miscarriage. Before 1967, Abortions in England were illegal. If you wanted to have an abortion you had to have what was known as a back street abortion, these were carried out in very unhygienic conditions and could be preformed by people with not any real knowledge of the operation they were performing. If a girl was pregnant without a husband or a father to the child, it would bring shame on a family and be socially wrong. This led to abortions been done in secret. It was illegal for doctors to perform the operation so everything was done in secret. After 1967 the liberal democrats decided to change the legality on abortion and make it legal, now doctors could perform the operation legally. There are many different ways an abortion can happen. 1) The dilation and evacuation, this is where the foetus is crushed and taken out in pieces. 2) Dilation and curettage, this is where the baby is scraped out of the womb. 3) Vacuum aspiration. This is where the baby is sucked out down a powerful 'vacuum cleaner' type machine. ...read more.


Also a early writer tertullian said "for us (Christians), murder is once and for all forbidden; so even the child in the womb, while yet the mother's blood is still being drawn on to form the human being, it is not lawful for us to destroy" we can look at these early writings and compare it with today's Christian figure heads views. Pope, John Paul 2 said "abortion is an unspeakable crime" (encyclical letter, 'gaudium et spes, 51) and "there can never be any reasons, however tragic, to justify the deliberate killing of an innocent human being", (gaudium ET spec, 58). Comparing these we can see that at the early church tells us that abortion is wrong and even now abortions are wrong so the message has always been the same. Here are some biblical teachings that support Christian being against abortion Psalm 66:9 He has preserved our lives and kept us from slipping he said. Naked I came from my mothers womb and naked shall I return there. Job 1:21 The lord gave, and the lord has taken away blessed be the name of the lord then god said let us make humankind in our image according to our likeness and let them have dominion over fish of the sea and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth Gen.1:26, 27 And over every ...read more.


People believe She should be able to terminate its life because seeing the baby would remind her of a rape. The catholic church argue that this will only makes things worse because now two crimes have been committed. Another argument to see if abortion is justifiable is if a baby is disabled through tests (amniocentesis) before it is born is it justifiable to terminate the pregnancy because the baby will be a social outcast or the mother won't be able to cope. But the catholic church say we are all born in the image of God so why should we kill the disabled baby's before they are born when we don't kill them after they are born? If this is true then that would mean anyone with a disability has meaning in life. I believe if the pregnancy brings physical or mental risk to the mother than the mothers life is greater than if the pregnancy to go ahead. And that if the pregnancy does hurt the mother in anyway for any reason than it should be her decision to terminate. Some say if you have a carefully planned sexual relationship when the woman is least fertile then this can help to stop unwanted pregnancies with out contraception. People say it is a woman's right to control her body as an argument for abortion but then the power to conceive is a gift by God in the Catholic Church eye and should not be treated as a defect. ...read more.

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