Setting up the Debate

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B. Clark, 2012
Before we begin looking closely at
the various Christian and Humanist
views, we need to familiarise
ourselves with some important
jargon, or terminology.

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Embryo=post-14 days to 10 weeks.
Foetus=post 10 weeks to birth.
Gestation=The length of known
time that the embryo has been
growing in the womb plus two
Viability=The time that a foetus can
survive outside the womb.
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Viability has become earlier due to
medical advancements, but there is
a limit because the lungs of the
foetus are not ready to breathe air
before 20 weeks.

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Killing=the deliberate ending of the
life of an organism.
Murder=the deliberate ending of
the life of an innocent human

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A human life=a life belonging to
the species homo sapiens, from
fertilisation to death.
A human person=

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A human person=a human
individual with feelings, self-
awareness, ideas. In other words,
with a fully functioning brain cortex.
Rights=freedoms and privileges
people have because they are

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A major point in this debate is the
idea of potential personhood.

How important is it that the foetus
is a potential person?

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Pro-life=the view that the
embryo/foetus should not be killed.

Pro-choice=the view that the
woman should have the freedom to
choose what to do with her

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Most Christians are pro-life.

However, there are a range of views
and many people prefer to qualify
their view.
For example, they may be basically
pro-choice, but only up to a certain
time of gestation.
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We are now ready to begin to look
at what different Christians say
about abortion.
This will take us up to half-term.
After half-term we will be looking at
various Humanist views.

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