Notes for full course Philosophy and Ethics GCSE for Christianity 

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The premature expulsion of the foetus from the womb" before pregnancy reaches full
term (40 wks)
It's the mother's body - she should decide what Roman Catholic: Human life starts at conception,
happens. to end a foetus' life is murder.
In case of Rape, the baby should not be punished for
someone else's' crime.
Every baby has the right to proper care and love; if Every child is a precious and unique gift from God.
this is not possible, abortion should be OK: AGAPE We have no right to destroy this. SANCTITY OF LIFE
There are already too many unwanted babies in our The rights of the unborn child are equal to those of
over-populated world. Why add more? her mother.
The woman and her family have rights too. Doctors and nurses promised to save life, not
destroy it. Abortion breaks the HIPPOCRATIC OATH.
A family may be too poor to cope with a child. Unwanted babies could be adopted.
Life doesn't really start until birth, or at least until The rights of the unborn child are equal to those of
the foetus is viable her mother.
A severely disabled baby may have a very poor "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you,
quality of life that also brings trauma to the before you were born I set you apart" Jeremiah 1:5
parents who have to watch it suffer. It's kinder for God has a plan for every human being even before
everyone not to have the baby. AGAPE they are born
God made Adam, and then "breathed into his "You saw me before I was born" Psalm 139:16
nostrils the breath of life." Genesis 2:7 Supports idea that life begins at conception.
We are not humans until we breathe (are born)
"But better off are those who have never been SANCTITY OF LIFE:
born, who have never seen the injustice that goes "God made man in His image" Genesis 1:26
on in the world." Ecclesiastes 4:3
"Do not kill" Exodus 20:13
Used to show that abortion is better than being "You yourselves are God's temple" 1 Corinthians
born into a life of suffering 3:16
Church of England: Abortion is to be avoided if
possible apart from 2 circumstances:
1. Risk to the mother's life or her mental and
physical health.
2. Baby likely to be deformed and mother feels
she cannot cope.
3. Rape.
Sometimes abortion is the most loving thing to do
(AGAPE)- if Jesus forgave people, so should

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The salvation army: Life is sacred from the
moment of conception, but accepts abortion if:
1. Mother's life is in danger.
2. Baby cannot survive for more than a few
days, e.g. severely deformed.
Reasons for having an abortion:
Single mother, not in a serious relationship, may not want to bring up a baby on her own.
Pregnancy happens at a bad time, e.g. young, student, career
Foetus is not developing normally
The woman's health is at risk.…read more


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