Religious Studies: Attitudes to Abortion

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Why do many Christians have strong views about medical ethics?
They believe that life is created by God, which means it is sacred and holy.
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What don't Christians believe humans have the right to do because life is sacred?
They don't have the right to take life away.
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What is abortion?
The deliberate termination of pregnancy by the removal and destruction of the foetus.
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In the UK, abortions are legal if the foetus is under what age? Provided what?
24 weeks, and provided two doctors consent to the abortion.
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What must a baby not be able to do, for the mother to be allowed to have an abortion?
Live outside the womb without medical help.
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What are the three exceptional circumstances it is legal in the UK for a woman to have an abortion after 24 weeks?
A substantial risk that the child will be born with a serious disability, the mothers life is in danger, or if a woman has become pregnant as a result of ****.
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What do Christians have to do about the issue of abortion? Why?
They have to apply their understanding of Christian principles to the situation because there is no specific teaching in the Bible about the abortion.
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Why do Christian attitudes towards abortion vary?
Because they have different ways of interpreting the teachings in the Bible
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What do many Christians believe about all babies from conception? What three teachings is this based on?
That they have a soul and therefore fully human. Genesis 1:27 - that people are made in the image of God, that God has a plan for everyone, and that God is the creative spark from the moment of conception.
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What do many Christians believe about Abortion?
That because the foetus is fully human and therefore abortion is the same as murder
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What do both the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church teach about Abortion?
That it is a great moral evil and that human life must be protected and respected from the moment of conception.
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What is the only exception where the Roman Catholic Church accepts abortion?
If it is unintended but foreseeable result of an action. e.g. 'doctrine of double effect' - when an operation necessary to save the life of the mother causes the abortion, such as in an ectopic pregnancy
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What are the three exceptions where the Church of England accepts abortion?
If it is necessary to save the mothers life, if the pregnancy is the result of **** or if the baby is likely to be severely disabled.
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What do some Christians take a broader view on abortion about?
That it should be a last resort, and the parents must make the final decision.
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What don't Christians believe humans have the right to do because life is sacred?

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They don't have the right to take life away.

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What is abortion?

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In the UK, abortions are legal if the foetus is under what age? Provided what?

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What must a baby not be able to do, for the mother to be allowed to have an abortion?

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