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"the premature
termination of a
pregnancy and foetus"
-Dictionary Definition

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Types of Abortion
· Natural Abortion
­ No human intervention
­ Called `miscarriages'
· Procured Abortion
­ Result of human intervention
­ Both Medical Procedures and Contraception
count as Abortion

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Abortion is increasingly common in the UK:

Just under 200,000 abortions
carried out in England and
Wales during 2010.
These were all before the 24th week of
pregnancy, where abortion is forbidden

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"abortion is an
unspeakable crime"
-Pope John Paul II

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"you shall not murder a
child by abortion"
-The Didache of the Roman Catholic Church

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Roman Catholicism
· Most Roman Catholics see abortion as being
intrinsically evil, and never acceptable.
· This is because it is viewed as tragic and
painful for the mother as well as an act of

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"a person who actually
procures an abortion
incurs automatic
-The 1917 Code of Canon Law

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Methodist Christians
· Most Methodist Christians say that abortion is always
an evil, but it can be the lesser of two evils. (eg. Saving
the life of the mother)
· In these cases, the death of the foetus is seen only as
an unfortunate side effect of saving the mother's…

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· Most Jews do not consider abortion to be
· This is because the foetus is not given the
status of a `full human'.


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