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  1. The Effects of Harmful Substances on Unborn Babies

    So, if someone who is pregnant inhales a cigarette, all the nicotine and harmful chemicals in that cigarette go right to the baby. This use of substances can lead to various harmful effects; it dramatically increases the chances of miscarriage, still-birth and birth defects for the baby. Tobacco, although not illegal, is incredibly dangerous during pregnancy. Tobacco contains both nicotine and carbon monoxide, which are both very dangerous. Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, which means that it narrows the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to the baby.

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  2. AO3 "Abortion should not be allowed by law in a truly Christian society" do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer.

    If it is illegal to murder someone, why isn't it illegal to murder an unborn child (abortion) its still the intention to kill someone but with no consequences. People feel that a child can waste their life but terminating another life doesn't justify for someone not being able to cope. Abortion shouldn't be an option as its murder, if you can't see someone it doesn't make it right. If the life has been created it should not be taken away before it's been fully experienced. Even though the unborn child can't voice its opinion it still has the right as human being to one, the actions taken by Christians to prevent abortion should speak for the unborn.

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  3. Abortion - The pro-life argument.

    Everyday there are pregnant mothers who abuse drugs and alcohol totally ignoring the living, growing person inside them. Then, when these children are born, they are usually born with a drug addiction or birth defects which sometimes leads to death. One thing's for sure, these children's lives are greatly complexed before they even reach the light of day. Which leads to my position that the rights of the child should be extended to the unborn. A mother should not have the right to use drugs or drink alcohol while she is pregnant, it is unfair for the child not to even have a chance for a normal life.

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  4. Christian Attitudes to Abortion

    Christians that argue the pro-choice position believe that there are many instances where teachings from the Bible or another source of authority can be applied to this situation. The Church of England teaches that: 'The life of a foetus is not absolutely sacrosanct if it endangers the life of the mother', this teaches Christians that if the life of the mother were in danger, then to consider abortion would be acceptable. The Bible teaches Christians about the lesser of two evils, the acceptance of an imperfect world.

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  5. Faced with issues of Abortion and Euthanasia explain how a Christian would respond

    Mother Teresa was a great believer in that Abortion and Euthanasia is wrong. She tried to persuade others to see that is was wrong with regard to Abortion and Euthanasia and tried to get people to see why. The Roman Catholic Church believes that life begins at conception so therefore Christians, if faced with the issues of Abortion, knowing that life begins at conception, would recognise that it is murder.

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  6. What do Catholics believe...?

    Through sex Christians develop a closer bond with each other. Sex should only be used in a marriage relationship. Sex before marriage is wrong. All of the Christian churches believe that marriage should be monogamous, meaning that only one partner should be involved within the marriage. This can be seen in the New Testament of the Bible. "Let each man have his own wife and let each woman have her own husband" (1 Corinthians: 2-3) About life? Catholics believe that life is a gift from God.

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  7. Religion and Medical Ethics - The Sanctity of Life

    The Sanctity of Life is a term used by Christians meaning the belief that life is holy or sacred. Christians believe that God has given us life and he alone has the right to take it away, this is demonstrated in Genesis 1:27 'God created human beings making them like himself', this states that life is God given. The purpose of life according to Christians is to love, serve God and to treat all people as you would like to be treated yourself, as it says in Mark 12:13 'Love thy neighbour as you love yourself'. In Exodus 20:13 it says that 'life should not be destroyed' this means that the taking of another person's life is a sin against God and is also disobeying the sixth of the Ten Commandments: 'do not commit murder'.

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  8. Attitudes to Abortion and Euthanasia (Christian)

    Jesus did not teach his followers about abortion. It was not an issue in his day. However, those who oppose abortion look for guidance in Biblical passages, which speak of the sanctity of life. They also consult teachings of the Church. The Bible says, in the Ten Commandments: 'You shall not murder'. (Exodus 20:13) Some Christians believe that abortion is murder because it ends the life of the unborn child. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 tells Christians that the body is God's temple: 'Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple.'

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  9. Week 37 Essay- Life and Death

    The Torah is the Jews' greatest source of authority, however it does not state clear actions regarding abortion. For this reason, Jewish teachers have to go back to the earliest principals and apply them to the issue. The Jewish belief on abortion comes about from the main principal that life is a gift from God and that life is sacred- even as embryo has life, so abortion is murder. However, this notion is questioned when the mother's life is put at risk if the pregnancy is continued, as it is also believed the Mother's life is sacred. The majority of Reform and Orthodox Jews agree that the Mother's life is of prior importance, and therefore the pregnancy should be aborted if the Mother is being put at risk.

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  10. To What extent
 can it be argued
 that abortion is 

    will be turned away form heaven because it is one of the Ten Commandments, Six: "You shall not murder." And in the eyes of God and the church abortion is murder. The church argues that abortion is not acceptable under any circumstances. Doctors take what is called a Hippocratic Oath, but this oath has had to be changed with the pressures that are now put on doctors. If a woman is seeking an abortion she needs to go to two doctors for a reference to get an abortion. The oath used to be:- I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfil according

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    The life of a person is already unique and god has already given them their own identity before they are born. If this is true, and the quote seems to be saying that it is, then abortion would have to be seen as a crime on the same level as murder. There are no good grounds for murder, one of the Ten Commandments says, "Do not commit murder." So, if we were to consider only this quote then we would have to see abortion as fundamentally wrong.

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  12. Describe the teachings of Christianity which might be used in a discussion about abortion.

    It was believed that each sperm cell was a tiny human being, which would then grow. This scientific idea was a misinterpretation. However, in 1869 it led the Roman Catholic Church to declare that if any woman had an abortion at any time, this would lead to excommunication. All stages of human life are said to be sacred meaning even contraception is disallowed by the Catholic Church. Christians believe human life is sacred and blessed because it was created by God. This means all humans are God's property; so killing a person would be like killing a part of god.

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  13. Explain how these teachings might influence the actions of a believer.

    Even is she has to care for a disabled child she will still keep the child and love it. The mother may even keep the child if it involves social rejection, for example, if she is not married or has been raped, even though her family may reject her. For example, two Catholic sisters in South Africa were raped by their father. This was a disgrace to the family and they were rejected but they did not have an abortion because they believe it is wrong. The teachings of Christianity will not only influence the actions of the mother but also the father.

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  14. Abortion and Euthanasia: Explain how Christians would respond to these issues

    raped and becomes pregnant, the women discovers the unborn baby is handicapped, if a women life is at risk during the pregnancy and that she should be saved because she may have children already. These are the main factors why abortion is legal, the bible teaches that we should live "in abundance," this means a mentally handicapped child can't have that kind of life. "You created every part of me; you put me together in my mother's womb." (Psalm 139:13)

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  15. No-one has the right to take another human beings life. Do you agree or disagree? Show that you have looked at more than one point of view.

    One of the most argued subjects today is abortion. In Ireland abortion is illegal even thought there are many pro-choice sympathisers and demonstrators but on the other hand there seem to be more anti-abortion supporters. In an upcoming referendum it is expected that the current laws will be upheld and that the law will remain anti-abortion. As I said there are many pro-choice supporters in Ireland and if these people would like to have an abortion they often travel to the U.K where they can have this performed free, this happens everyday and neither the Irish or U.K governments try to prevent this.

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    If the parents of the child had prior knowledge that the child would be in some way physically or mentally disabled then abortion is the right path not only for the parents but the child too as the child may suffer rejection and become a problem in society. A pro-abortion group would also allege that abortion is not an act of murder as it only destroys a collection of cells, which would be unable to survive external to the womb before 24 weeks of pregnancy.

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  17. Abortion and euthanasia

    However other Christians,such as Anglicans and Methodist does not believe that life does not begin until they are born. They believe that abortion is an evil thing, so they avoid it if at all possible. The Muslims are also against abortion. They believe that all things are things are in harmony with nature and the best way to live is to support this harmony. However Muslims believe that abortion can take place if the mother's health is in danger. Muslims believe that all human life is sacred because it is a gift from Allah.

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  18. Explain the different beliefs that Christians hold about abortion?

    All Christians believe that human life is sacred. They believe that God created them of his own image. If it is accepted that an unborn child is a living person, then it deserves that he or she has the right and respect to all human beings as the Bible teaches human life is sacred. "So God created human beings, making them to be like himself." (Genesis 1:27). One of the 10 commandments clearly states, " Do not commit murder." (Exodus 20:3) although in certain circumstances the Bible allows for the use of lethal force in self-defence or in the defence of others.

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  19. Compare and contrast BY-LOW and Early Morning Feed.

    Then redgrove uses personificaition. He uses the kettle as a person for the man to interact with. I believe the use of "humming" is to say the kettle is waiting for him. In the next stanza redgrove tells us of how the man "tiptoe" so the baby doe not know he is watching after him.

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  20. 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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  21. Abortion - a religious overview.

    The second reason they might use is that abortion is "playing God". If God wanted a woman to have a child, he would plant an embryo in the womb and that would grow into a child. To murder that embryo would be going against God's will. They use the Bible's principle of the sanctity of life to support their views. When they say this they mean they believe that there is something special and holy about life. For Christians, the human life is especially special be we mysteriously share something of the nature of God.

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  22. What I think about abortion?

    This is all very well, but remember this foetus will be less than twenty-four weeks old and is not able to feel pain anyway. If the foetus was brought into the world unwanted, unloved and entering into a life of torture, is this not where the pain comes in? Is it not better that the child had passed away painlessly as an embryo in the mother's womb, rather than having a life of torture? Of course, not all abortions take place due to the welfare of the child's life when it leaves the mother's womb.

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  23. 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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  24. What are the arguments for and against the issue of abortion?

    Most of induced abortions occur in the first 12 weeks, after which involves a much more complicated procedure. There are a lot of complications that come along with having an abortion some of these include, complications with future pregnancies, increased risk of breast cancer and Pelvic inflammatory disease The reasons as to why a woman may have an abortion varies from individual to individual. A woman may have an abortion with or without the consent of her partner and her beliefs may play a minor role in influencing the decision. If a woman becomes pregnant as a result of rape or incest, she will most probably have the child aborted.

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  25. If These Walls Could Talk - film review

    how could she shame the family like that? When Claire tells her about abortion, Becky (the sister-in-law) looks at her in disgust and leaves the house. I think this is how many of the women during that time period viewed abortion. Society thought of it as a moral sin, the woman was a horrible person for doing it. Those that did have an abortion never told anyone and lived with shame inside themselves. This attitude forced women who wanted abortions to go to extreme measures: trying to do it to themselves, going to "back-ally" doctors, or paying hefty prices.

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