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Abortion is the termination of pregnancy before the fetus is capable of independent life When the expulsion from the womb occurs after the fetus becomes viable capable of independent life usually at the end of six months of pregnancy it is technically a premature birthThe practice of abortion was widespread in ancient times as a method of birth control Later it was restricted or forbidden by most world religions but it was not considered an offense in secular law until the 19th century During that century first the English Parliament and then American state legislatures prohibited induced abortion to protect women from surgical procedures that were at the time unsafe commonly stipulating a threat to the womans life as the sole exception to the prohibitionOccasionally the exception was enlarged to include danger to the mothers health as well In all three of the worlds major religions Christianity Islam and Judaism abortion is not permitted These religions advocate that abortion can only take place if there is a threat to the life of the mother Another stipulation entails that after three months of pregnancy abortion can not take place for after that time period the fetus is given lifeIn a passage from the bible 2 Kings 242-4 it is stated that The Lord sent Babylonian Aramean Moabite and Ammonite raiders against him He sent them to destroy Judah in accordance with the word of the Lord proclaimed by his servants the prophets Surely these things happened to Judah according to the Lords command in order to remove them from his presence because of the sins of Manasseh and all he had done including the shedding of innocent blood For he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood and the Lord was not willing to forgive Manasseh Israels chief executive had committed one particular sin--advocating the killing of children The laws of religion condemn the ending of any human life no matter what form it is in Abortion
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