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Abortion is: expulsion or extraction of the foetus from the womb

before it is viable, usually before the 20th week of gestation.

Abortion means premature expulsion of the foetus from the womb. "The

decision to terminate a pregnancy is so important that it can only be

made by the person most involved - the women. Women must always have a

choice and never have the decision forced upon them. Free abortion

facilities should be available on the NHS for every woman who needs

them. We believe that the right of women to control human right. Women

will only be able to take a full and we can all decide for ourselves

whether and when to have children."

According to the law of England and Whales

1 Offences Against The Person Act 1861 - it's an offence for a woman,

or any other person, to administer any instrument, drug or poison with

the intent of procuring a miscarriage. It's also an offence to supply

any instrument or drug for that purpose.

2 Abortions may take place only within the first 24 weeks, when two

doctors agree that "the continuance of the pregnancy would involve

risk, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated, of injury to the

physical or mental health of the women or any existing children of her

family". Unfortunately this is generally now interpreted as "abortion

on demand".

3 Two exceptions to the 24 week limit were given where 'there is a

substantial risk' of 'abnormalities' to the baby and 'to prevent grave

permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant

woman'. On those clauses MPs voted to allow abortion up to birth in

NHS hospitals.

2. What biblical teachings might be use...

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...that no one has the right to regulate what a woman

can or cannot do with her body. A woman or man could not rob a bank

and then claim that he or she shouldn't be punished because they have

the choice of what to do with their body. Neither would a person avoid

punishment for doing drugs under the argument that it is his body and

his choice. So it can not be said that the government can not

interfere with a woman's choice to have an abortion.

Admittedly, abortion could be a reasonable solution for a rape or

incest victim. But according to a survey by the Alan Guttmacher

Institute, a research division of Planned Parenthood, of 1,900 women

only 1 per cent were victims of rape or incest. So clearly the issue

of abortion in this case is a moot one since the vast majority of

abortions have nothing to do with rape or incest.

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