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Abortion Essay

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‘’is it a mistake to reject religious principles in favour of secular ethics principles for guidance in terms of medical ethics?’’ examine and comment on this claim with reference to the topic you have investigated.

The topic that I have chosen to investigate is Abortion. Abortion is the premature termination of a pregnancy and foetus. There are two types of Abortion one being natural and procured. A natural Abortion happen without any human interference and are called miscarriages. On the other hand, Procured Abortions come about through the use of contraceptive or medical procedures. There are a number of methods used to commit an abortion. One method of abortion is an early medical ...view middle of the document...

Abortion was legalised in 1967 and after been increasingly common in the UK, with just under 200,000 abortions in 2012 carried out in England before the 24th week of pregnancy, after which abortions are forbidden by law. Not all countries have legalised abortion. All doctors take an hippocratic oath stating the obligations and proper conduct of doctors and vows them to protect all life under all circumstances and therefore controversial as some may believe doctors are breaching the hippocratic oath.

Abortion is perceived differently by many religions The Roman Catholic Church believes that the Sanctity of Life is important and therefore abortion is an “unspeakable crime”. Many Christians in society are morally opposed to abortion.and use some biblical passages to suggest this . This is seen in 2009, when a doctor, George Tiller, who carried out trimester abortions, was murdered by an anti abortion activist in his hometown in Kansas, USA. When arrested, Tiller’s killer: Scott Roeder said “I did what I thought was needed to be done to protect the unborn children”. However, people would view Tiller as a hero to his patients and pro-choice supporters, This illustrates the diversity and extreme issues that Abortion creates conflicting opinions resulting in the death of a man who some see to be innocent, whilst others see him as a killer. People believe that. killing an adult is wrong, and is legally recognised as murder. Likewise, killing a child or baby is also recognised as murder. But what about killing a foetus? Is it also regarded as Murder? Roman Catholics would say that killing a foetus abortion is always wrong and is intrinsically evil because every human being is “created in the image of God”. Whereas most Methodist Christians agree that it is evil, they also believe that it can, on occasion, be okay to have an abortion depending on the circumstances. An example of this would be if the mother’s life was endangered by continuing the pregnancy. Whereby Methodist Christians would say that the termination of the pregnancy saved the mother’s life and the aborted foetus is seen as an unfortunate side effect.

Methodist christians they say that you cannot tell when life actually begins, but life is more likely as the pregnancy develops, therefore earlier abortions are more morally acceptable. In this context, Abortion is deemed to be acceptable up until the point that the foetus develops into a full human. However we do not clearly know when a foetus develop into a full human and everyone suggests different this as to when a foetus develops into a full human’ This is generally believed to happen when ensoulment occurs.. Some believe that ensoulment occurs during the development of the foetus whereas others believe that it happens at the very instant of conception.The Roman Catholic Pope Gregory believes that abortion is only punished if the mother can feel the baby moving.

Similarly, there is a view that the Sanctity of Life does...

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