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Abortion And Euthanasia

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Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of their lives. All Christians believe that life I sacred that men and women are 'created in the image of God' and are therefore superior and different to all other forms of life. They believe that life was a gift from God and that God and God alone has the power to remove it, they believe that life is created at the moment of conception. Although in today's society some people try to play the part of God, taking to life into there own hands using methods to destroy life. Such methods include Abortion and Euthanasia. ...read more.

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The word comes from the Latin word 'aboriri' which means 'to fail to be born'. When we generally talk about abortion most people think that an abortion is when the mother decides to deliberately end the child/foetuses life. There are many ways to take life from the womb, it depends on what stage of pregnancy the woman is at, for example an abortion might be carried out by administering a general anaesthetic in order to dilate the neck of the uterus. Then a suction device is used to remove the entire contents of the womb and larger parts, such as the head, are crushed and drawn out with the use of forceps. ...read more.

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The Roman Catholic Church remains firmly opposed to both suicide and euthanasia as moral options. The Catholic Encyclopedia entry on "suicide," published in 1912, describes suicide as a grave sin against God. It gives several reasons for this conclusion: Suicide implies the person is master of his body instead of God, shows a lack of charity for oneself, often leads to failures in parental or social duties or charity towards others, and is contrary to the natural instinct of all creatures for self-preservation. "That suicide is unlawful is the teaching of Holy Scripture and of the Church, which condemns the act as a most atrocious crime and, in hatred of the sin and to arouse the horror of its children, denies the suicide Christian burial." ?? ?? ?? ?? Ao1 Coursework Shannon Feeney Candidate Number:3093 ...read more.

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