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Abortion is

The act of deliberately ending a pregnancy before normal childbirth, killing the foetus in the process


3 reasons why women may wish to have an abortion.

They believe that having another child may damage family life

She has been told that the child will have a severe disability

If there is already an existing member of the family who requires attention they may not be able to provide for an additional member to the family.


People who argue abortions should not be legalised are

Pro life


Pro life means

that they believe it is wrong to take life and will choose to side with those who will protect the unborn child.


Those that take a strong stance that women should have the choice in whether to abort or give birth to a chance. They are known as

Pro choice


Pro choice means

This doesn't mean that they think abortion should happen but rather women are empowered to make a decision that is right for them.


One argument against abortion

is that all life is equal even that of a foetus or embryo.


One pro life belief

when the egg has been fertilized it has its own right to life. It is believed that the foetus has its separate identity to the mother and she cannot choose to get rid of it like a part of her body.


Hippocratic Oath states

I will maintain the utmost respect for human life, from the time of conception.


One pro choice argument

It is argued an embryo is a cluster of cells and not an actual human being. The woman should be regarded as a person and not just a container for the foetus.