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AS Level Abortion. Aquinas Grammar
What is Abortion?
Abortion is the `the premature expulsion of the foetus from the
womb.'(Nelson and McNiece)
`The word abortion comes from the Latin word aboriri, meaning to
fail to be born.'(Joe Jenkins)
Law on abortion in the Uk (Scotland, England and
Abortion Act 1967 and Human Fertilization act and Embryology act 1990, allows
abortion if:
Risk to life of the mother
Risk of mental or physical injury (up to 24weeks)
Risk to any excising child (up to 24 weeks)
Strong chance that the child may suffer serious physical or mental
Law on abortion in Northern Ireland?
1861 Offences Against the Person Act makes all abortions illegal
1929 Infant Life act and Bourne Judgement 1938 allows abortion
to preserve a mother's life or in circumstances of risk to mental or
physical health.
Law in Ireland?
Illegal, except in special circumstances where the life of the mother
is threatened these circumstances include the risk of suicide.
Catholic Church:
Gemma Mulhern 13J

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AS Level Abortion. Aquinas Grammar
"we are stewards, not owners, of life that God has entrusted to us"
(Catechism of Catholic Church)
Abortion is always wrong God implants the soul on conception.
"Thou shalt not kill" (Exodus 20)
Life is scared no human may take another persons life unjustly
Abortion is permitted under the doctrine of double effect.…read more

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AS Level Abortion. Aquinas Grammar
A potential victory isn't the same as a victory.
A potential person is not equal to a person.
Peter Vardy and Paul Grosch(1994) Attempt at drawing a line at a particular point
in the foetus development, to indicate before
this point the foetus is tissue with potential
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AS Level Abortion. Aquinas Grammar
Women has a right to have a choice to do as she wishes with her
body, her future, the future of her foetus and weather or not to keep
the child.
Sanctity of Life:
The Secular(nonreligious) believe that life is of intrinsic value
The religious believe that life is sacred and created by God.
Ectopic Pregnancy:
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilised egg attaches itself
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AS Level Abortion. Aquinas Grammar
Taking charge of ones' own fertility was seen as a major step in
the direction of freedom and equality
Foetus is potential not actual.
Alternative methods to abortion:
Help from family, society (LIFE) or church (Social Survives)
The Bible on Abortion:
"Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit...You do not belong to
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