An abortion is the termination of pregnancy and is legal in England and Wales under strict conditions. For Christians, human life is sacred and a gift from God which is to be respected and protected.
What is an abortion?
The live birth of a baby
The deliberate prevention of conception
The removal of the foetus before it can survive on its own
Up to what stage of the pregnancy can abortion take place according to English law?
What is adoption?
An individual or a couple become a child’s legal parent(s)
A family friend of the mother looks after a child for a while
A relative of the mother looks after a child for a while
What does it mean when Christians say that life is sacred?
God made each life special so it belongs to God alone
People have the freedom to do what they want with their life
Human life has no more value than any other animal
What is meant by a 'pro-life' approach to abortion?
The woman can make her own decisions about what happens to her body
Only people who are able to support a child should have one
It is an anti-abortion approach and everything must be done to ensure life can continue
When does life begin according to the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian Churches?
At 24 weeks
What is meant by a 'pro-choice' approach to abortion?
People can have children whenever they want
Everything must be done to ensure life can continue
What is meant by an absolute moral standpoint?
That there are no rules that apply to anybody
That rules can change depending on the situation
That rules apply no matter what the situation
How might the 'principle of double effect' convince someone who is anti-abortion to condone an abortion in certain circumstances?
If the procedure is to save the life of the mother and an abortion is an unintended consequence
Nothing will make someone who is anti-abortion condone an abortion
If the woman is expecting twins