Essay on Abortion

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Abortion

Abortion is deemed as the premature expulsion of the foetus from the womb. Abortion is not a modern moral dilemma, contrary to what a lot of people think. It has been an issue since Jesus' time, and before, as even in the Old Testament times the law concerning abortion was that if you killed an unborn child you were responsible to pay compensation.

In modern times, Parliament has debated the subject many times and has drawn up two main reasons as to why an abortion can legally be carried out so long as the pregnancy hasn't reached its 24th week. 1. That continuing the pregnancy would involve serious mental or physical risk to the woman or her immediate family or 2. If there is a
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that abortion is fine, and should be available on demand.

The churches also have their own view on abortion. The Protestant churches differ somewhat, although they are all against abortion on demand and mostly think along the same lines as the law. The Catholic church has a very resolute view on abortion. It believes that all abortion is wrong and immoral. They take this view because they believe that our bodies are God's temples- 'Do you not know that His spirit dwells within you?' Corinthians 3:16

It also says in the Psalms that we are known to God even before we are conceived; therefore it is wrong to kill an unborn child: 'You created every part of me; You put me together in my mother's womb…You saw me before I was even born' Psalm 139. The Catholic church is completely pro life.

Other Pro-life campaigners say that life begins at conception too, that a foetus is never just part of its mother's body. Also, they believe that abortion is not just about religion- but of a basic denial of rights, since the UN have declared that a baby needs protecting before and after birth.

Another reason would be that if you kill a child before it is given a chance to live, how do we know if we have just killed a potential world leader or even just another

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