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GCSE: Abortion and other medical issues

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  1. What is meant by the term abortion?

    * By the eighth week all the major organs are function: liver, stomach, heart, kidneys and brain. * By the twelfth week vocal chords and sexual organs form. * By the sixteenth week the baby is half way through its formation period. * By the eighteenth week the baby moves its arms and legs, kicks and somersaults in the womb. * By the twentieth week, hair is appearing on the head, eyebrows and eyelashes. The baby weighs about 500g. * By the twenty-fifth week most premature babies are born. Abortion methods There are various methods of abortion which all carry they are own complications, which are both physical and emotional.

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  2. Abortion and Euthanasia

    Because traditional Christian teaching places the highest value on human life, it naturally condemns abortion. The Didache, one of the earliest Christian writings outside the New Testament states: "You shall not kill by abortion the fruit of the womb and you shall not murder the infant already born." Didache In modern times, however, there are various issues that are threatening the sacredness of human life - abortion and euthanasia being such examples. If abortion can become readily available to people, they may become more promiscuous. Because of this, some fear that human life may be counted too cheap if an 'unwanted' pregnancy can be ended.

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  3. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that human life is sacred. Explain how this teaching influences its attitude to abortion and euthanasia, showing that you understand other points of view

    The Catholic Church teaches that all human life is sacred from the moment of conception. This teaching is called the Sanctity of life. The Roman Catholic Church's views on abortion and euthanasia are based on this teaching. I will take abortion first and discuss the views of different groups on the subject. In one case only is it permitted by the Catholic Church to have an abortion. This case is called DOUBLE EFFECT. Double effect is when during a pregnancy the mother experiences difficulties which lead to an operation on the womb, cervix etc. In these cases the abortion of the pregnancy may be inevitable.

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