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Definition: the removal of a foetus from the womb before it can survive.

When a pregnancy is ended by surgical or medical means.

When does life begin?

  • Fertilisation?
  • When the egg is implanted into the womb?
  • When the foetus is developing?
  • When the foetus is living independantly?
  • Birth?
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UK Abortion Laws

1967 Abortion Act

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act of 1990

  • Abortion must be agreed by two doctors

Abortion is allowed up to 24 weeks if:-

  • there is a physical or mental risk to the woman's health
  • any existing children would suffer or be at risk
  • the child born would be severly disabled

Abortion is allowed after 24 weeks if:-

  • there is risk to the mother's life
  • the baby will be severely deformed
  • there would be risk of serious physical or mental injury to the woman
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For and Against Abortion

FOR abortion:

  • Women should have the right to choose - it is their body
  • In cases of ****, abortion should be allowed
  • It is kinder to allow abortion if the child will be severely disabled
  • Babies have the right to be loved, and the woman cannot always provide this

AGAINST abortion:

  • Life begins at conception
  • An embryo has the potential to be a human and should have the right to life
  • Even disabled children have the right to life
  • Adoption is an alternative


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