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What is meant by the word abortion?

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Abortion - Coursework Section A i) What is meant by the word abortion? An abortion is technically any death of a baby in the womb, and its expulsion from the mother's body (when this happens naturally this is sometimes called a miscarriage), however, what most people mean when they talk about "an abortion" is a procured abortion. This is when the life of the foetus is deliberately terminated and removed from the womb. Sometimes the language used to define abortion can be emotive and cause argument. Anti-abortionists (pro-life) will talk about killing babies to evoke guilt; while people who believe abortion should be legal (pro-choice) will say that the foetus is terminated. Abortion can be carried out in several ways: The abortion pill - RU 486 is an option up to 8 weeks past the beginning of the last menstrual period. It causes the end of the pregnancy. Depending on which pill is used, the woman takes an tablet orally or inserts a pessary into her vagina, causing the uterus to contract and expel the tissue. A follow-up appointment is typically required to make sure the abortion is complete. Some women prefer the abortion pill because the process feels more natural and private; they can decide where they are when they go through the experience. ...read more.

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a severe disability which the mother/parents would be unable to cope with, if giving birth to a child would mean that the mother would have to take a break from her career or education, and this would be impractical, if the she is not in a stable relationship, if she would be unable to support the child financially, if giving birth to the child would cause the mother physical or mental damage, if she is under 16, or if she would be disapproved of by her family, friends or colleagues, especially if they are against sex before marriage. People are not always sympathetic towards single mothers. . (This highlights the difference between abortion on demand and the 1967 act) (ii) What biblical and church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion? The oldest known Christian document, written about 70CE says: "You shall not kill by abortion the fruit of the womb and you shall not murder the infant already born". This seems very straightforward. Christians should not support abortion in any way. The Catechism of the Catholic church says "from the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognised as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life" Roman Catholics ...read more.

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In Luke 1:41 Elizabeth hears Mary greeting her and the baby she is carrying leaps inside her. Verse 36 states that she was in her 6th month, by which time the foetus could probably survive outside the womb. The verse might be intended to imply that the foetus has some degree of awareness of its environment, is capable of living independently, and should be considered as a human worthy of protection. It says nothing about foetus in the early stages of pregnancy without a functioning brain, consciousness or nervous system. (although they did not know much about this when the bible was written) This passage might be used to argue against the morality of a third-trimester abortion. You could say that it concerns two very special pregnancies and an "ordinary" foetus would not be able to detect the presence of another foetus. Luke 1:42 says "Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb". This statement by Elizabeth might imply that the embryo that Mary was carrying is a child. Otherwise, she would have said "blessed will be the fruit of thy womb". On the other hand, it might simply mean that the embryo was special at the time because it will grow, become a human person, and as this baby would be Jesus it would be special because of that. ...read more.

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