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