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Abortion and Euthanasia

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Kurupt7486@aol.com...hope ya like the essay! I got a B Religion GCSE Coursework Abortion and Euthanasia Some Christians believe that human life is sacred. Explain how this belief influences their attitude to abortion and euthanasia, showing that you understand other points of view. 1400 words. The church teaches that all life is sacred. Therefore, abortion and euthanasia are against church teachings as both involve taking away a person's life. Abortion is the ending of a pregnancy before birth, either by natural means (miscarriage) or by an operation to cause it (procured or induced abortion). The term 'abortion' is usually understood to refer to procured abortion. Some abortions are performed within the National Health Service; the others are paid for privately. The abortion act of 1967 allowed abortions up to the 28th week of pregnancy with the consent of two registered doctors in two instances. * If the mother would be physically or psychologically damaged by going through with the pregnancy. * If there was a risk of a handicapped child being born. The law was devised at a time when it was considered that a child could survive outside the womb at 28 weeks of pregnancy. ...read more.

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* Living will: when someone makes a will that states that if they become terminally ill and unable to make decisions for themselves, they want to be given a painless death to relieve them of their suffering. These wills are recommended by the Voluntary Euthanasia Society for those who do not want to live for years in pain, distress, or on a life support machine. * Double effect: The same idea is used in abortion. It is all right to give a patient drugs to relieve their pain, knowing that they will kill them over a period of time, because your aim is to relieve the pain, not kill them. It is usually claimed that this is very different from giving them one dose of painkillers sufficient to kill them straight away. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that "Even if death is thought imminent, the ordinary care owed to a sick person cannot be legitimately interrupted." This is saying that even if a person is terminally ill, euthanasia should not be carried out and they should be cared for as normal. The Catechism of the Catholic Church also states "Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists of putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. ...read more.

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If you love the person enduring excruciating pain, the argument goes, you would want to end that friends suffering. However, some Christians believe that all human life is sacred and that it is wrong to kill another person. Many doctors feel strongly against euthanasia. Their mission in life is to give health or ease pain, not to end life. So, I have shown that a lot of Catholics believe that a woman has a right to choose what she does with her own body and that people should be allowed to choose when to end their own suffering because it is their own life so they should be able to do what they wish with it by using any form of euthanasia. However, it is in the teachings of the Catholic Church that abortion and euthanasia are morally wrong and unacceptable. Catholics regard assisted suicide, voluntary euthanasia and non-voluntary euthanasia as wrong because they are all forms of murder. People are taking upon themselves God's role, which is a grave sin. It is up to God to decide when to take a person's life, and humans should not interfere with that process. Christians should not accept abortion or euthanasia except in extreme cases because it would be against the church's teaching to do otherwise. They would state one of the bibles most important commandments "Do not kill" ...read more.

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