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  • ABORTION
    • Abortion Law
      • 1967 Abortion Act:
        • became easier for women to have abortions
        • women had to persuade two doctors that her mental or physical health would suffer if she did not have an abortion
        • An abortion under this law could be performed up to 28 weeks
      • 1990 Human Fertilization and Embryo Act
        • risk to the life of the mother
        • risk that the mother may suffer injury due to her mental or physical health
        • risk to the mothers existing children
        • strong chance the child may suffer serious mental or physical abnormalities
      • Northern Ireland
        • abortion is illegal under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act
        • if an abortion is carried out then the penalty lies with the mother and the abortionist
        • 1929 Life Preservation Act prevents all infant killings
    • What is abortion?
      • Abortion is the procedure when a foetus is removed from the mothers womb and the pregnancy is ended deliberately
    • Pro Life
      • against abortion
      • believe in the value of all human life
      • human life exists from the moment of conception
      • all human life is of equal value even a foetus has rights
      • less that 1% of abortions are solely to protect the mother and only 0.6% as a result of rape
      • hormones and anxiety not a reliable indicator
      • easy way out
      • people with handicaps can live happy creative lives
      • denial of human rights
      • abortion can go wrong and leave the mother mentally or physically scared
    • Pro Choice
      • a woman has the right to choose
      • a foetus is only potential human life
      • should be legal to avoid dangerous back street abortions
      • available in extreme circumstances: risk to life, rape etc
      • more trauma to give up a child for adoption
      • women who don't want children
      • no 100% safe method of contraception
    • Biblical Teaching
      • "God made man in his own image"
      • God gave man "dominion over every living thing
      • "I was born with nothing and I will die with nothing. The lord gave and now he has taken away"
      • "You are God's temple and God's spirit lives in you"
      • "Trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God's approval, and his approval creates hope"
      • "Be glad about this, even though it may now be necessary for you to be sad for a while because of the many kinds of trial you suffer"
    • Roman Catholic Church
      • abortion is always wrong
      • sacred human life
      • If pregnancy is result of rape the foetus should not pay for someone elses crime
      • curing medical conditions in expectant mother unavoidable and tragic event
      • abortion is a serious sin
      • human vitae and declaration on procured abortion
      • other options e.g. adoption
    • Anglican and Methodist churches
      • grave risk to mothers physical and mental health
      • pregnancy is result of rape
      • gross abnormality of t the foetus
      • mothers life has priority over foetus

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