RE- maters of life and death: Abortion

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The Law (1967 Abortion Act)

  • 2 doctors agree that the mother's life is at risk -or- risk to the health of already living children -or- the baby is severely disabled
  • Can't take place after 24 weeks of pregnancy (1990 Abortion Act)- when the baby can't survive outside of the mother's womb
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Non-Religious Arguments- in Favour

  • A woman has the right to choose
  • A child's quality of life is important
  • A mother's health and welfare are more important than that of her unborn child
  • There are too many people on the planet- over population
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Non-Religious Arguments- Against

  • Its a form of murder
  • Everyone has the right to be born so that they can reach their full potential
  • All life has value
  • Human rights act states that everyone has the right to life
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Christian Teachings

  • Roman Catholics and some Evangelical Christians believe that life begin at conception so abortion is murder and therefore a serious sin
  • Christian teachings on the Sanctity of life means every human has the right to a life (even a foetus)
  • Some Christians, such as Liberal Christians, believe that abortion in certain circumstances may be the kindest and most loving action. They refer to Jesus' teaching (love thy neighbour) and conclude that love is the most important thing.
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Muslim Teachings

  • Some allow it up to 120 days. Hadith says that the baby gets its soul at this point
  • Some say that it is always worng. Quran condems murder
  • Some say it is ok if the mother's life is at risk. Shari'ah says that the mother's life takes precedence over the child's
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