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Abortion and Euthanasia.

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Abortion and Euthanasia In this coursework, I will be looking at the abortion and euthanasia. I will state what the two terms means and also look at different views for and against abortion and euthanasia. Also, I will be giving my own opinion on the issues of abortion and euthanasia. In order to understand the different views on abortion and euthanasia, it is important to understand exactly what the two words mean. In the oxford English dictionary, abortion is defined as: "Premature expulsion of a foetus from the womb either done by operation or by medication" The term 'Euthanasia' comes from the Greek word for 'easy death'. It is one of the most arguable issues today. Formally called 'mercy killing', euthanasia is an act of purposely making or helping someone die, instead of allowing for a natural death. It basically means killing in the name of compassion. In the past abortion was carried out illegally, nowadays it is becoming easier to have an abortion. The reasons of the change comes after the abortion act of 1967 (revised 1990) this allows women to legally have an abortion only if some circumstances are met, such as: * If the woman's life is at risk if the pregnancy continues. * The woman got pregnant through rape. ...read more.

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Similar to the Roman catholic church, other Christian churches, also disagree with abortion, and believes that abortion is used for social reasons or as means of birth control. However, they accept that there can be exceptions depending on the situation for example if the mother or child would suffer if the pregnancy continued. Nevertheless, they still believe that God has the only right to give and take life. However, despite of minor differences in views between Christians about abortion, all Christians agree on the importance of pastoral care and those who face parenthood in difficult situations. However, they believe that there are other ways of dealing with abortion, which includes looking at alternatives such as adoption, and counselling. There are humanitarian groups, which are in favour of it; they have their own views, which are totally different, then the religious views, according to National Abortion Campaign: 'The decision to terminate 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 on the NHS for every woman who needs them. We believe that the right of women to control their own fertility is a fundamental human right. ...read more.

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People must not have an abortion just for fun and they must take it very seriously. To conclude both issues, I think that they are both very controversial and that there will always be differences in views between different groups. But one thing we must all think about is how important is a human beings life? And do we have the right to decide on another's or our own life? We must also think about is it how God the creator of all wants us to live? There are many who agree with abortion and euthanasia and there are also many who disagree and some who are undecided. The time will come when the government, medical services and religion will have a major conflict on whether it is right to have an abortion or have the right to take ones life. Until then the abortion and euthanasia debate will continue and spread like a disease. My opinion is quite simple, if humans have not got the power to create or give life to a dead body then why should they have the power to end life. In this sense, my view is very similar to the church's views that suggest that God give life and only he can decided when it is time to end it. OSMAN AHMADI R . E COURSEWORK SISTER JUDITH ABORTION AND EUTHANASIA ...read more.

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