• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What is meant by the word abortion?

Extracts from this document...


Abortion What is meant by the word abortion? The dictionary's definition of abortion is " Loss or removal of a foetus from the womb before it has developed enough to survive." There are two types of abortion spontaneous and Induced abortion. Spontaneous abortion is where a woman expels the contents of her uterus because her body recognises that there is something wrong with her pregnancy. There are many reasons for spontaneous abortion or miscarriages and some of the reasons are abnormal development of the embryo or placental tissue or both or even hormone deficiencies. Spontaneous abortion may also happen because of abnormalities with the mother such as infectious diseases or systemic diseases like diabetes. Spontaneous abortion may result in the expulsion of only part of the contents of the uterus not all, or the embryo may die and remain in the uterus for several weeks or sometimes months. When spontaneous abortion does occur the uterus has to be checked after so that no embryonic or placental tissue still remain and if there is it has to be removed in order to avoid irritation or infection of the uterus lining. ...read more.


The Church of Scotland's view is that abortion has no moral justification and represents the unwarranted destruction of human life that is made in the image of God but the Church of Scotland's Board of Social Responsibility recommend that abortion should be allowed "On the grounds that the continuance of the pregnancy would involve serious risk to the life or present great danger to the health, whether mental or physical to the pregnant woman." The Protestant Church though does not seem to have such a strong view on abortion. The Protestant Church states that abortion is undesirable but that abortion could be acceptable in some circumstances but it is not particularly clear what these circumstances are so it is difficult to understand whether the Protestant Church supports or condemns abortion their guidelines aren't clear. All these teachings could be used on a discussion about abortion, most condemn abortion but some feel that abortion can be allowed and justified in circumstances like rape. Explain how Christians may respond to the question of abortion All Christians believe that God created mankind and that life should be protected, but not all Christians take the same viewpoint on abortion. ...read more.


This was the main reason for the 1967 Abortion act being introduced to prevent this from happening. I do think though that having an abortion because of foetal abnormalities cannot be justified because I think this encourages discrimination against the disabled. If the foetus is so disabled that it would die soon after birth then maybe it could be justified as having a baby that would die after giving birth to it would be very traumatic, but if it were a slight disability then a woman shouldn't be allowed to have an abortion just because she doesn't have a perfect child. There are no Biblical teachings that justify abortion and I can agree with some of them for example 1 Corinthians "You are God's temple and God's spirit lives in you! So if anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him for God's temple is holy, and you yourself are his temple." I believe that your body is a temple and that you shouldn't destroy what you house in it. So overall I do believe that abortion can be justified as I believe a woman has the right to an abortion if she so wishes. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Abortion and other medical issues section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Abortion and other medical issues essays

  1. arguments for and against abortion.

    destiny, try to stop your own soul from leaving its body at the hour of your death." (Surah 56) "Do not kill your children in fear of poverty." (Qur'an 17) "No severer of womb relationship ties will enter paradise" (Hadith)

  2. Abortion and the use of RU 486

    CONCLUSION While abortion and the use of RU 486 may be a challenging arena to address; it is our desire that society will embrace life.

  1. Abortion is never justified. Do you agree?

    Also keeping with the Christian principles of love and forgiveness and allow a woman to have an abortion rather than an unwanted pregnancy and cause suffering to all the family. Christians could support an organisation, which offers counselling for people that have had an abortion, for support and advice that they need.

  2. Aii] What biblical and church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion?

    The Methodist and Protestant church are also against abortion but would not like abortion to become illegal again because of 'botched back-street' abortions would make deaths rise, women to become desperate, and for the unwanted children to suffer there mothers alcohol, depression or drug related abuse: "Some virgins (unmarried women),

  1. What biblical and church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion?In the ...

    Meaning that it is an abortive in the eyes of the Catholic Church, as they believe that life begins at the moment of conception. The coil, like the diaphragm prevents the fertilized egg from implanting itself on the wall of the womb, so again this can be seen as an abortive.

  2. I chose to do my Religous Studies coursework on abortion

    In this case, a Christian might offer support for families in this situation. They could give counselling and advice to first time, unsure parents, or even just baby-sit so the parents can go out for some time alone or with their friends.

  1. Partial Birth Abortion Ban

    Conversely, Pro-Life groups such as the National Right to Life Committee are very conservative in their views and therefore would be more likely to vote for the sponsors of the Ban because of their conservative ideology. In this case, however, the sponsors of the bill would have an advantage to

  2. What is meant by the word Abortion?

    Other reasons might be the baby has a disability or handicapped also the baby could interfere with plans of a career or future prospects. All of these could make a woman want to terminate the pregnancy. 1b) What biblical and church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion?

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work