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Abortion and euthanasia.

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AQA RELIGIOUS STUDIES - SPECIFICATON A COURSEWORK: OPTION 2B In my coursework, I shall be exploring the topical issues of abortion and euthanasia. I shall cover the various arguments for and against these subjects, and the church's opinion. The church says that every human life is important; an example of this is during the sacrament of baptism. Baptism welcomes a child in to the church and forgives the sin inherited from the first humans. This shows that children are viewed as very important in the church, despite their young age. Parents and godparents are asked, during the baptism service, to raise the child in the way God intended until the child is old enough to accept his or her responsibilities as a Catholic Christian. Married Catholics are given the possibility to create new life, which is why the Church condemns anything that prevents the creation of new life, such as contraception or abortion. When people reach the end of their life, they are still considered just as important, no matter what their state of health is. The Sacrament of the Sick allows people who are gravely sick, to have their sins forgiven before they die. This can provide comfort to a dying person and allows them to die at peace. Jesus proved that sick and dying people are important, when he healed sick people (such as Legion who was possessed by demons), and instructed his disciples to heal other people. ...read more.

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Palliative care is a special form of disinterested charity. The teachings of the Catholic Church are clear, however many Catholics will disagree with the church's teachings, or say that abortion and euthanasia are acceptable in certain situations; for example if someone was dying of cancer, some people believe that it would be more humane to allow them to die quickly and less painfully, rather than let them suffer a slow painful death. The majority of Catholics follow the church's teaching on abortion, and say it is morally wrong. However, opinions do differ within the church. Some Catholics say that abortion is acceptable if the pregnancy is due to rape of incest, or if the woman is unable to bring up the child, or if the child will suffer from a disability, and that it would be fairer on both the woman and the child, if she were to have an abortion. Though it is uncommon, there are Catholics who believe that abortion is always right. They say that God gave humans free will, and that they should have the choice to have an abortion, without the church interfering. However, when faced with the issues regarding euthanasia, there are more Catholics who disagree with the church over euthanasia. Most Catholics oppose euthanasia. They say that euthanasia is murder and contrary to the dignity of human beings. ...read more.

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Attitudes and society have changed greatly between then and now, and many Catholic ideas from that time do not correspond with the way of life in the 21st century. They also state that if God gave humans free will, then Catholics should not force their ideas on other people, but allow then to use their free will in order to decide whether to accept Catholic ideas or not. Forcing ideas on other people is fascism, and probably not what God intended. He probably wants more of a democracy. These people also say that if Catholics have faith in their religion, then non-Catholics should see how strong their faith is, and take example from these people, without the idea being forced on them. A further argument is that if Catholics show a good example of being Catholic, then non-Catholics may be inspired to convert to Catholicism by their example, without them being forced to accept the Catholic position. Whilst some opinions vary, Jews, Christians and Muslims all worship the same God (and that Christianity (and Catholicism) and Islam are both derived from the Jewish faith). Therefore opinions between the faiths must be roughly similar. Whilst there are extremeists in all of the religions, the majority of Jews, Christians and Muslims do not use religions an excuse for violence. I believe that Catholics should spread their beliefs to others, but not force them on other people. They should preach Jesus' teachings as he instructed, but not allow themselves whether to accept Catholic beliefs. ...read more.

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