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What is meant by the word abortion? - Explain what Christian teachings might be used in the discussion about abortion - Explain how Christians may respond to question of abortion

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5R.S. Project- Abortion A) 1. What is meant by the word abortion? A) 2. Explain what Christian teachings might be used in the discussion about abortion B) Explain how Christians may respond to question of abortion C) "Abortion is never justified". Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer and show that you have though about different points of views. You must refer to Christianity in your answer A) 1. Abortion is the premature expulsion of the foetus from the womb. This sometimes happens to its own accord and is called a miscarriage. When most people talk about abortion they normally mean a procured abortion. This is when the foetus is deliberately killed and removed from he woman's womb. It can only take place in the first 24 weeks of pregnancy as that is when the first premature babies are born. In contemporary moral issues it says that laws say that 2 doctors must be present and they most agree on either of the following circumstances: Continuing the pregnancy means that there is a risk to the woman's health, or that of her existing children greater than if the pregnancy was terminating, allowing up to 24 weeks of pregnancy; or Continuing the pregnancy would involve severe damage to the woman's mental or physical ...read more.

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Although some denominations will allow in certain circumstances like the Church of England and the Church of Scotland. They will allow it if it will put the mothers life in risk by having the child. The Church of England said in a report in 1984 that 'the foetus is to be specially respected and protected' but later said 'nonetheless the life of the foetus is not absolutely sacrosanct if it endangers the life of the mother.' Although they will allow it Roman Catholic will not allow it in any circumstances even if it endangers the mothers life of she has been raped. They say that life begins at the moment of conception. The second Vatican Council said 'life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.' Obviously there are no quotes about abortion in the bible but there are quotes which apply to it indirectly. They are Matthew 18. 1-6, and Luke 1. 39-45; 12. 6-7 Although there are no quotes in the bible about abortion there are high religious people who have talked about it, like Barbanos who said, "You shall not kill either the foetus by abortion or the new born", (Letter of Barnabas, circa 125). ...read more.

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I believe it is alright when having the baby will leave the baby or the mother seriously handicapped or even kill the baby. I also believe this if it will leave the mother seriously handicapped of dead. I also believe that abortion is o.k. if the mother was raped and she was not wanting a baby or they wanting a baby with a different man. I believe it is ok to have an abortion if the mother is in financial difficulty and will not be able to support the baby as she doesn't have enough money. On the other hand I do not agree in having an abortion when if they have the baby if will not put risk on the mothers or the babies life. I also not agree in having an abortion if the child is just an accident and they were not wanting to have the baby. If this is the case I believe that they should maybe put the baby up for adoption so the baby can go to a family which may not be able to have one. Overall I believe that abortion can be justified but it can be only when it put the mother or baby's life at risk. I also believe it is ok when the woman has been raped or is in financial trouble. ...read more.

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