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What are the Christian views on Abortion?

What are the Christian views on Abortion?

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  • 1. What is abortion? Why do people disagree about it?
  • 2. In this lesson, you’re going to learn:
    • What is abortion?
    • How do religious beliefs affect beliefs on abortion?
    • How do beliefs on when life begins affect beliefs on abortion?
  • 3. Keywords:
    • Abortion – the termination of an unborn foetus from the womb before it can survive
    • Conception – the moment of fertilisation, when the sperm and egg meet
    • Viability – the time when the foetus can live independent of its mother (24 weeks)
  • 4. When does life begin ?
    • Conception?
    • The age of viability?
    • Birth?
  • 5. Conception:
    • Catholics believe that life begins at conception – the moment that the sperm and egg meet
    • Therefore, they believe that nothing should be done to end this life at any time
  • 6. Viability:
    • Some Christians, for example, liberal protestants – believe that life begins at the age of viability
    • This is the age of 24 weeks, when the foetus can live independently of its mother
    • They believe abortions are ‘the lesser of two evils’ in some cases – and up to this age, abortions can take place
  • 7. Birth:
    • Most people who believe life begins at birth aren’t religious
    • It isn’t wrong to have an abortion at all, in their view
  • 8. What are the laws concerning abortion?
    • Abortions became legal in the UK in 1967 – you were allowed to have an abortion up to 28 weeks into pregnancy
    • There are four conditions that allow abortion: - The mother’s life is at risk - There is a risk of injury or the mother’s physical or mental health - There is a risk that another child would put at risk the mental or physical health of existing children - There is a substantial risk that the baby might be born handicapped (this includes downs syndrome)
    • In 1990, the time limit was changed to 24 weeks, the age of viability
  • 9. More Keywords:
    • Pro-Life – if you’re pro life, you believe that abortion is unacceptable, and you view it as murder of innocent life
    • Pro-Choice – if you’re pro choice, you believe that abortion is the choice of the mother
    • Procured – a procured abortion is an abortion that has been chosen to take place, via an operation
    • Miscarriage – When the foetus dies of natural causes
  • 10. Arguments: Pro life and Pro Choice
    • Pro-Life
    • Life begins at conception – abortion is murder
    • The unborn child deserves the same rights as a human
    • The UN declaration of human rights states that children should be protected – before and after birth
    • Babies are born before 24 weeks – is this baby not alive?
    • Pro-Choice
    • Until the foetus doesn’t depend on it’s mother – it should not have it’s own rights
    • The mothers body: the mothers choice
    • The mothers life could be put at risk for the sake of a child who’s not even born yet
    • Abortion can be the lesser of two evils
  • 11. Plenary, ‘D’ style question:
    • “ Abortion is always wrong”
    • Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion
    • ii) Give reasons why some people may disagree with you
    • 2 arguments for your opinion
    • 2 arguments for the opposition
    • State your own believe in the first part
  • 12.