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Abortion and Euthanasia

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R.E Coursework AO1- Abortion and Euthanasia I have been asked for this section of the coursework to describe the beliefs that Christians hold about their responsibilities for those at the beginning and at the end of their lives. As Christians we believe that Abortion and Euthanasia are wrong and that every persons' life begins at the moment of contraception and at ends at the moment of natural death. Life is sacred and holy and is a gift from God; we therefore as human beings have no right to decide on when life should begin and end. God has decided these people should be born or die we therefore have no right to act out abortion or euthanasia. All human life including life developing in the womb is created by God in his own image and likeness and is therefore to be nurtured, supported and protected. Too many women have abortions for reasons which are not just enough for the killing of a human being. Some people believe that a woman has the right to choose whether she will have an abortion or not, but I think that this belief is selfish. ...read more.

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Some may argue that the law should not interfere with what goes on in the retreat of a woman's womb. I believe that inside a woman's womb a human being is undergoing the process of growth and development and is permitted to the protection of the law. I believe that many of the reasons for having abortions are totally unacceptable. For example, there have been reports that some pregnancies were terminated because parents decided that their child was the 'wrong� sex. I think that too many women do not look hard enough to find the possible solutions of the problems that arise with pregnancies. Parents must take more responsibility as the situation has only arisen because of the parents� negligence whilst having sex. In my opinion, if a woman does not feel she is ready to bring up a child, the best option is to put the child up for adoption, as there are thousands of people who are desperate to foster or adopt children. I also believe that it is right to terminate the life of one or more foetuses involved in a multiple pregnancy to preserve the life of other foetuses. ...read more.

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This is known as the doctrine of double effect. The patient might not be in the right state of mind to make a decision, as they may be depressed or full of pain and then when they feel better they may change their mind. People also believe that nursing the sick is one way of helping Jesus. As he was often portrayed as helping all kinds of people and illnesses. Others believe that suffering is a way of strengthening faith and belief in God. It is also morally wrong. It also goes against the commandment 'Thou shall not kill'. Euthanasia should not be practised as it violets God's gift to us, it may be our life to do with as we want but God gave us this life, we should be grateful for this. I believe Euthanasia is unacceptable but I do believe in the doctrine of double effect. I believe that at the beginning and the end of people's life's we should respect them by giving them the chance to live and sense God's world and what he has planned for us. We owe it to them to give them the basic human right to live and we owe it to ourselves. Amanda Lorraine Lee 11EF ...read more.

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