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

    The story of the Good Samaritan is about how two people from two different rival religions meet, one is lying injured in the road while the other helps him, despite their differences. Both these stories show agape and have a lot of moral issues Christians can learn from. Christians put agape into action by dissuading women to have abortions to show love and care to the unborn child and to help them cope if they get depressed or cannot cope.

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  2. Describe the treatments available to help infertile couples to have childrenDescribe the treatments available to help infertile couples to have children

    is the impregnating of the women by inserting sperm into the women's womb (intrauterine), or the cervix (intracervical) using artificial means, and does not involve the s*x act. Sperm can be used from the husband (artificial insemination by husband, AIH) or from a donor (artificial insemination by donor, AID), and is inserted into the female's v****a or uterus when an ovum is released. If the procedure is successful then she has conceived and carries on the pregnancy as normal. Surrogacy is the agreement of an impregnated woman giving birth to a child for another couple to raise. The most traditional means of surrogacy is where the pregnant woman is the genetic mother of he child she is carrying, and hands the child over after birth.

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  3. Pregnancy assignment

    Tell your midwife or gp when you first feel a movement. 24 weeks Your abdomen in getting large as time is passing and you may start to develop stretch marks. A doctor may be able to hear your baby's heartbeat ask to listen. The increasing size and weight of your womb will also affect your posture, and you will throw back your shoulders and stick your bottom in and relax if you take regular exercise this helps. This is the time your shoes need to be comfortable because you are gaining weight and try to spend time with your feet up.

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  4. child development

    Praise of encouragement 2. A place which the child can call his or her own and where possessions are kept 3. Opportunities for parents and child to play or read together 4. Space for play 5. Opportunities for conversation 6. Opportunities to help 7. Opportunities to meet other adults 8. Opportunities to play with other children 5 benefits of television for children are: 1. Stimulates curiously 2. Increases knowledge 3. Enlarges vocabulary 4. Entertains 5. Encourages family discussions and conversation 5 harmful effects of television for children are: 1.

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  5. Religious Studies Coursework - Abortion

    In 1861 abortion became a criminal act under any circumstances and it was punishable by imprisonment. It wasn't until 1929 that the Infant Life Preservation Act amended the law stating it would no longer be regarded as a felony if abortion was carried out in good faith for preserving the life of the mother. But then "The Abortion Act" was passed in 1967, The law gave the rights and responsibility for decision making to doctors not women. It did not legalise abortion, but allowed for exceptions to the illegality of abortion. Originally the time you could have an abortion was up to 28 weeks.

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  6. arguments for and against abortion.

    They should be able to have children and continue their desired lifestyle. Most importantly, women should not have to have an abortion as part of that choice. To blame is a society that does not respect the pregnant woman and the mother--a society that pushes women to change themselves in order to conform to its expectations. Many people complain about society's stereotypical view of women, but what is often forgotten is that the same society prefers women who are not pregnant over women who are. The workplace, for example, favours women who are unfettered, and thus treats pregnant women and mothers of young children as second-class employees, second-class people.

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  7. Are the Roman Catholic Church's teachings on moral issues old fashioned and out of touch with modern society

    They are also protesting against MPs not to change the abortion time in Britain, "We are struggling against attempts to reduce the legal time limit for abortion in Britain" (Abortion Right). Campaigners like Abortion rights demonstrate how these issues are a big part of modern society. Some have argued that the Roman Catholic Church should perhaps change their teaching according to modern society like the Church of England. Others argue that the Roman Catholic should stick to its tradition and should not change their current doctrines to fit in with modern society.

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  8. The abortion issue is very controversial; there are many voices against it as well as for. But what the abortion actually is? It is a purposeful termination of pregnancy with intention other

    When the personhood begins? When it is all right to kill it, and when it is too late? There are many different opinions at this point. Most people believe that personhood begins at conception. That is, a newly formed zygote is a full human being and must be protected as such. It has the rights, including the right to not be deprived of its own life. Scientists define that a moment when human life begins is when a unique DNA code is formed, it is shortly after conception. The conception is fertilization of a woman's egg by a man's sperm.

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  9. Explain what Christian teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion.Christians could use teachings from the bible in an argument about abortion. Most Christians believe that

    Fifty-four countries allow abortion, which is about sixty-one percent of the world's population. In some countries, it is restricted to cases where the continued pregnancy would endanger the life of the mother, and in others (such as the Republic of Ireland and Iran), it is still illegal. Here in Britain, abortion has been legal for thirty-five years but can only legally take place in the period of time before 24 weeks of pregnancy. An abortion must be certified by two doctors, however, in this country, you do not have to have a valid reason for wanting an abortion.

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  10. Is abortion wrong or right?

    Medically, the term 'termination' can also refer to the early expulsion of a fetus or embryo from the body by natural causes, this is called a 'Miscarriage' it can can occur before 20 weeks of the pregnancy, but most miscarriages happen after 12 weeks of pregnancy. As many as 50 per cent of pregnancies may end with a miscarraige as they can happen so early in pregnancy that the woman has not even realised she is pregnant yet. The term 'termination' can also be know as an 'Induced abortion', a abortion can be induced for medical reasons or simply by

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  11. Examine Christian beliefs about abortion. Comment on these beliefs with reference to another religion.

    Besides these a Partial Birth method is typically only used for fetuses which have severe abnormalities: The procedure involves the extraction of the body of the fetus into the v****a before the contents of the skull are sucked out; killing the unborn, then the fetus is removed. In modern times abortion has become very common for a number of reasons: s****l intercourse is seen as being for pleasure, women position has become more important in society, low mortality rates, and most significantly any abnormalities with the fetus can be detected before birth using modern technology, these are just some of the factors that have lead to the increase in abortions of late.

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  12. The complex dilemma of Abortion R.E coursework

    However, the Act also stated that the abortion could only take place before the 24 week stage. In 1991, another law was passed: * * Christian Views There are many different types of Christians which may have different views on certain issues however I think that in this particular issue, the views are very similar if not, the same. The Ten Commandments in the Ten Commandments, in Exodus20 there is the commandment: But what is the definition of murder? Dictionary definition: Abortion is the premeditated killing of an individual by another; however it is not unlawful in.

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  13. Childbearing Among Teenagers

    They are at a vulnerable crossroad in their lives and are in need of guidance and support (Tunick, 1996). The slowly falling teen pregnancy rates in western industrialized countries have shown that these efforts have been of some help, although the numbers are far from perfect. Teenage pregnancy is an important issue. There are significant health risks for both young mothers and their children and they are more likely to suffer social and emotional traumas throughout their lives. There are many social causes and economic factors that are major contributors in early childbearing. For example, when teenagers give birth, they are less likely to complete high school and more likely during their lives to have a larger number of children than are non-parenting teens.

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

    This usually happens very early on in the pregnancy, the latest legal time for aborting a baby being 24 weeks. There are several reasons why a woman may choose to have an abortion. The woman may not be in a serious relationship when she becomes pregnant, or the father may not want anything to do with the child, and not want to bring the baby up on her own. The pregnancy may happen at an inconvenient time for the woman, for example when she is very young, while she has other children in their teens, or when she is at an important stage in her career.

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  15. Creative Work Based on 'The Necklace'

    Two days later we visited the health centre and the doctor confirmed to us that Jean was pregnant. At this, Jean grasped my hand and I could tell that she was ecstatic with the news. Over the period of the forty weeks, Jean and I saved up all our money to buy the very best for the baby. Jean had bought everything from clothes and cradles to toys and feeding utensils and we were planning to decorate the room soon.

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  16. Religion and Medical Ethics: Abortion

    Originally, the point of viability was 28 weeks, but developments in technology have changed this. Doctors consider an abortion to be 'late' if it is after 12 weeks into the pregnancy, as the foetus is more difficult to remove than in the earlier stages of pregnancy. A pregnant woman must find two doctors who will grant permission for an abortion, before one can take place. Both doctors need to agree that the pregnancy would be a risk to the mother's physical or mental state, or cause her or her family injury (a social clause). What the Christian Bible Says In this section of my essay, I am going to use quotes to show how Christians argue whether abortion is 'right or wrong' in the eyes of God.

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  17. Theme: Abortion is the practice of killing the weakest and most defenseless among us, unethically depriving them of the right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit

    Yet in our own American holocaust, over six times that number of innocent babies ruthlessly handed over their lives. Why has this happened in our "enlightened" time? What can be done to cease this evil? Multitudes of people in our society have come to believe that they benefit from abortion. They have been convinced by endless propaganda that the practice of unrestricted abortion is good and that it must be protected at all costs. This extreme view comes from the radical feminists who argue feverishly that women should have the right to choose to kill their unborn children.

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  18. Religion and Medical Ethics

    However there are also people who completely disagree with abortion and think that it is inhumane, this group is often referred to as pro-life. Some reasons they disagree with abortion are; even as a foetus, the baby, as a person, has rights and these should be respected; there are a lot of people who are desperate to adopt but there are few babies up for adoption. Roman Catholics are taught that abortion is never right, they believe that life is sacred and look to abortion as murder.

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  19. Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of their lives.

    This is also emphasised by the Catholic teaching that: "Human life is sacred - everyone must recognise that fact." (Humanae Vitae) The vulnerable people in our society are those who are not able to speak out for themselves or do anything for themselves they rely on others. These people include: the unborn babies in the womb and the very young, the elderly, the sick and the terminally ill. These people are affected on a regular basis everyday of every year. These people are killed through abortions and Euthanasia (although euthanasia is still illegal in this country - it is legal in Switzerland).

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  20. Research on abortion.

    Here is a list of a few of them. Miscarriage/ termination of a pregnancy, Termination of a pregnancy before 24 weeks gestation, which results in the expulsion of a fetus, which shows no signs of life. Spontaneous: A pregnancy loss during the first twenty weeks of gestation. It is the non-spontaneous termination of a pregnancy before the fetus can survive outside the uterus. Abortion is the termination of pregnancy. Different sides to abortion If a woman finds herself pregnant, and does not want to be, what is the best (or least worst)

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  21. Abortion And Soul

    78 per cent of these live in developing countries, and 22 per cent live in developed countries. Around 20 million people have abortions in countries where abortion is illegal and possibly unsafe. By March 31, 1997, nearly 4.7 million abortions had been performed in England and Wales since the 1967 Abortion Act was passed. Single women make up the largest group of people having abortions- by 1999 they accounted for 70 per cent of abortions in the UK. Source: Contemporary Moral Issues, by Joe Jenkins I will be writing about abortion from as many different angles as possible.

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  22. Abortion and the use of RU 486

    - Ability to diagnose ectopic pregnancies. - Ability to provide surgical intervention in cases of incomplete abortion or severe bleeding, or have made plans to provide such care through other qualified physicians, and are able to assure patient access to medical facilities equipped to provide blood transfusions and resuscitation, if necessary. - Has read and understood the prescribing information of Mifeprex. - Must provide each patient with a Medication Guide and must fully explain the procedure to each patient, provide her with a copy of the Medication Guide and Patient Agreement, give her an opportunity to read and discuss both the Medication Guide and the Patient Agreement, and obtain her signature on the Patient Agreement.

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  23. Explain and Evaluate a Utilitarian approach to the issue of abortion

    It is plain to see the problems that the issue of abortion would cause in the approaches of both Bentham and Mill. For example, they both look at an act without even really thinking about whether we can actually classify a foetus as a human or not. If we say 'no we can't' then both of their theories would be worthless. Problems like this one make this subject an extremely difficult one to analyze and give a 'right' or 'wrong' answer.

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  24. Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of their lives.

    The fifth commandment states, "You shall not kill." If we undergo or commit abortion we are doing just that, killing. The Catholic Church states that every person has the 'right to life.' A foetus is a person and abortion destroys its right to life, so it too claims that abortion is wrong. Abortion can never be allowed for Catholics. But still many people feel they are right to have an abortion as a way to solve a situation that they have got themselves into.

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  25. Religious views on Abortion

    Most will occur at home with little danger to the mother. There may be a slight excessive bleeding. Although to completely empty the uterus it requires hospitalization, during which a surgeon must gently tease the rotting remnants of the placenta from the inside walls of the womb with a blunt instrument. There are several types of induced abortion starting with the micro abortions which are done in the first week of pregnancy. This is done by contraceptive drugs. Then there is a menstrual, this being a very early suction abortion, often done before the pregnancy test is positive.

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  • Christians should never agree with abortion. Discuss

    "In conclusion, although the foetus may not be a full human yet it still has that potential to be one, so that needs to be taken into account. God also should only have the power to give and take away life as Christians see everyone as Gods creation so therefore he should only have the right to take away our lives since he created us. But Christian should still agree with abortion in some circumstances such as the ones required by 1990 Human and Embryology act, which are if the mental or physical health of the mother or any existing children are at risk or if their was a risk that the baby would be born seriously handicapped. The reason for this would solely be to protect the people who are already alive and fully human which is very important for lots of Christians."

  • To what extent is abortion a justified action?

    "In conclusion, it is apparent that it is up to the individual as to whether they feel abortion is morally right or suitable for them. Obviously, circumstances with regards to finance and relationship change, and in some cases abortion seems the only sensible option. However, it is important to consider all the options available and other factors such as religious beliefs, which may effect the final decision Matthew Goodwin 10MA English Coursework"

  • Discuss and evaluate ethical dilemmas - Euthanasia

    "A case which would have been an excellent milestone did not go to court as the child in question died in his home from cerebal palsy. The parents of Thomas Creedon, who could not hear or see, claimed that their son was paralysed, had constant fits, was in constant pain and suffering by being forced to stay alive. The Times newspaper states that 'Thomas's doctors wanted to continue feeding him and were set to oppose his parents application. They disputed the Creedons belief that he was constantly in pain. Mrs Creedon had said "Thomas has a very distressing existence and I find it difficult to see how the medical profession in this particular area is prepared to perpetuate that suffering, no matter what the realistic outcome is likely to be.".'This was a case of distress for Mrs Creedon. Euthanasia raises many questions, is a doctor a judge or is he just a doctor, is one who involves oneself in euthanising another a saint or a sinner? What constitutes unbearable pain, whose dcision is it? All of these questions and many more all constitute to the cloudy and complicated legal system. Should euthanasia be legalised, is it right."

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