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Abortion and Euthanasia

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Abortion and Euthanasia R egarding human life as something special, something unique and something that should be treasured, is the temple which the Roman Catholic Church inhabits as its foundation and belief structure. This belief structure leads the Church to preach adamantly against certain aspects of modern society, which the Catholic Church believes are key derougortories that deprivate our society, i.e.; murder, rape, abortion, suicide and euthanasia. Acknowledging this from a Catholic prospective, the church teaches that most forms of those aspects are wrong because the Catholic Church observes life as being something sacred. By building on a foundation that each and every human being is made in God's 'own image and likeness,' the Catholic Church protests against the premature taking of another's life or deliberately preventing it from ever taking place. Holding a belief that life commences at the moment of conception, (the egg being fertilised) the Catholic Church influences attitudes on issues such as contraception, euthanasia, abortion and suicide. From even the earliest pieces of Christian writing, the Didache declares that, "You shall not kill by abortion the fruit of the womb and you shall not murder the infant already born." From believing that life is sacred, something special to God; the Catholic Church is expressing that every person is a separate, living human being with rights, and within those rights stems the right to live. ...read more.

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It is best to understand this as a crying out for love and for help. Circumstances like long illness and old age can actually help people to face death, even though death is frightening." Branching out into four different categories, euthanasia isn't as black and white as the word itself may appear. The word euthanasia stems from a Greek word, which means "good death" or "dying well". It means 'ending a person's life painlessly as an act of kindness especially in a case of incurable and painful illness'. However euthanasia is split into four main groups; active euthanasia, compulsory euthanasia, voluntary euthanasia and passive euthanasia. *- Commonly known as suicide, active euthanasia is the taking of one's own life. *- Compulsory euthanasia is where a decision is made that a person should die, and their life is taken without their consent. *- Sometimes known as mercy killing, voluntary euthanasia is when a person chooses to end their life in a dignified way. *- Passive euthanasia is when a person is not helped to die, but their life is not prolonged in any way using technology or drugs. Keeping these subjects in mind, the Roman Catholic Church fully condemns suicide: *- God created us and Jesus' death saved us. Suicide throws God's gift back in his face. It is a rejection of all God has done for us. *- We are not given complete charge over our own lives. ...read more.

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However there are Christian organizations, such as 'Christians for Free Choice' who believe that the situation is entirely up to woman and the decision to continue a pregnancy should not be forced on any woman, concluding to the point that the rights of the woman override the rights of her unborn child. Opposed to that statement, are other non-Catholic organizations such as 'Save the Unborn Child' (Life), who believe that the unborn child is in existence from the moment of conception and is obligated the right to live, and the action of a termination is infanticide (child killing). Concurring with them is Pope John Paul II, who stated, "I confirm that the direct and voluntary killing of an innocent human being is always gravely immoral. This doctrine, based upon that unwritten law which man, in the light of reason, finds in his own heart, is reaffirmed by Sacred Scripture, transmitted by the Tradition of the Church and taught by the ordinary and universal Magisterium." There are many similar organizations who say either similar, the opposite, or the same thing. There are organizations such as S.P.U.C (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children), who believe abortion is wrong, however actively campaign for the law to be changed to allow abortion only in cases where the mother's life is at risk. Nonetheless, the Catholic teachings still remains that unnatural methods of abortion is wrong. ...read more.

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