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When does life begin?
At conception. When it has a heartbeat (3 weeks). When it begins to move (9 weeks). At viability (23 weeks). At birth.
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Why do people want children?
To carry on the family name, business or religion. To fulfil marriage promises and complete the family. To express the couple's shared love. To fulfil religious duty.
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Why don't people have children?
It's too expensive. They're not ready for the responsibility. They're not in a stable or happy relationship. They're too young, too old, or not in a position to care for a child. They can't for medical reasons.
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What was abortion like before 1967?
Before 1967, abortion was illegal. There were around 100,000 cases per year and many women died. Therefore, regulation was required.
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What did the 1967 Abortion Act say?
Two doctors must agree that : there is a danger to her mental or physical health, or that the foetus will be born with physical or mental difficulties, or that the welfare of existing children may be affected. The limit is at 24 weeks in hospital.
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What are pro-life arguments?
The life of the foetus is equallyy as important. The foetus must have someone speaking for it. Abortion is murder. Life is sacred and has potential, so must be protected and given the chance. A foetus is not waste. Abortion for disability is judging.
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What are pro-choice arguments?
A woman has the right to decide what happens to her body. Letting the foetus live could be cruel. It isn't a life until it can survive alone. They'd have abortions anyway, just not safe ones. In the case of ****, not to abort would be cruel.
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What do prolife.org.uk do?
Educate people as to the basic right of human life. Campaign politically for law changes. Keep the issues of abortion, suicide and euthanasia focused in the media.
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What do Abortion Rights do?
Campaign against restrictions in the law. Campaign for better provision and women friendly NHS funded abortion services. Use petitions, public meetings and publications to stop doctors blocking abortion requests.
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Whose right is it to choose?
The woman. The husband. The boyfriend. The parents. The religious leader. The doctor. It could depend on the circumstances e.g. age, wealth
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What are the alternatives to abortion?
Keep it. Risk the mother's life to save it. Give it up for fostering. Give it up for adoption.
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What is the quality of life argument?
That the foetus will never live a life in which it can support itself and care for itself. It means other people making judgements on whether a life is worth living, as the foetus can have no say. The action is a necessary evil and compassionate.
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Why could an abortion be right?
It prevented suffering and pain. They'd have no independencce. They wouldn't be able to enjoy life to the full. They could potentially face discrimination.
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Why could an abortion be wrong?
We don't have a right to decide the quality of life of another. Many disabled people are able to enjoy and achieve in life. People can't miss what they never had. Life should always be given a chance and medical science could help in the future.
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Why do people want children?

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To carry on the family name, business or religion. To fulfil marriage promises and complete the family. To express the couple's shared love. To fulfil religious duty.

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Why don't people have children?

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What was abortion like before 1967?

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What did the 1967 Abortion Act say?

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