Abortion

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Abortion

  1. 1. Tuesday, December 06, 2011 Abortion: The Law and Religious Views
  2. 2. Activities:1. Can you think of any scenarios when a woman would not be granted an abortion before 24 weeks?2. Should doctors have the right to refuse to carry out an abortion?
  3. 3. Arguments for abortion
  4. 4. Arguments for abortion
  5. 5. The Sanctity of Life• Christians believe in the sanctity of life or that 1 life is a gift from God, is holy and belongs to 2 God. They believe that humans are made in 3 the image of God and are responsible for God’s creation. 4• God was involved in the creation of each individual person, ‘You knit me together in my 5 6 mothers womb’ (Psalm 139:13) 7 humans individual womb gift knit Sanctity creation
  6. 6. Using the attitudes to abortion sheet to help, complete this exam question‘Describe Christian teaching about abortion’ (8 marks)
  7. 7. What influences a Buddhist when thinking about abortion? The first precept says ‘to abstain from taking life’Abortion prevents Buddhism teaches the foetus from compassion (Karuna) working of its kammic debt You get your conscience atBuddhists believe conception,in ahimsa – non- therefore that’s violence when life begins
  8. 8. The Dali Lama said… “Of course, abortion, from a Buddhist viewpoint, is an act of killing and is negative, generally speaking. But it depends on the circumstances. If the unborn child will be retarded or if the birth will create serious problems for the parent, these are cases where there can be an exception. I think abortion should be approved or disapproved according to each individual circumstance.”

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