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Abortion and Euthanasia: Explain how Christians would respond to these issues

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Dean Leighton Abortion and Euthanasia: Explain how Christians would respond to these issues AO2 Abortion is a major issue to Christians each denomination has its own teachings on abortion. Abortion is to end a pregnancy deliberately because the child is not wanted for some reason. "Thou shall not kill." (Exodus 20:13). There are different views on abortion, some people believe that abortion is wrong because the foetus is still alive, but others believe that abortion is needed for instance if the mother's life was in danger, it would be better to kill the foetus and save the mother, this means to choose the 'lesser of two evils.' Abortion has been legal since 1967, because many women had been going to illegal 'back-street abortionists.' Abortion was only legal if two doctors agreed it was necessary and the foetus is not viable before 28 weeks. In the 1990 act abortion has been moved from 28 weeks to 24 weeks. This is because of newer technology that can keep the baby alive. Christians who are in favour of abortion think that the woman has the right to choose what is best for her and her family, if the women is ...read more.

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(Jeremiah 1:5) The Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox churches forbid abortion totally. "Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception; abortion and infanticide are the most abominable of crimes." (Statement from the Roman Catholic Church). The Church of England and most of the Protestant churches agree with the Roman Catholic Church and Orthodox churches in principle. While abortion is generally not accepted, it may be permitted in these certain cases: there is a serious risk to the mother's life, if conception takes place as a result of rape and if there is a grave risk that the baby will be born handicapped. Another form of the premature termination of life is euthanasia. Euthanasia means 'easy death,' euthanasia is the act of helping someone to die to ease their suffering, these circumstances only occur if a person is suffering from a painful, debilitating and incurable illness. There are four forms of euthanasia: passive, which is when a person is terminally ill and has their treatment withdrawn to allow nature to take its course. ...read more.

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By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. The Church prays for persons who have taken their own lives." (Ccc 2283) Christians that are against euthanasia might say that God gives life and he chooses when to end it, "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away." (Job 1:21) Euthanasia goes against the sixth commandment, "You shall not murder." (Exodus 20:13) The doctor takes an oath to preserve life; all life is sacred and should be preserved. Christian churches have their own views on euthanasia; the Roman Catholic Church is against euthanasia because it is seen as murder, "That to cause death in this way was 'a grave violation of the law of God'." (Pope) but the church allows a large dose of painkillers to ease the patient. The Church of England is very similar but states that people should not be kept alive at any cost. The Anglican Church is against making euthanasia legal because they think the old and the sick will be vulnerable and must be protected. Although the churches are against euthanasia, they encourage people to go to hospices where they can die with dignity. I think abortion and euthanasia should be decided by the patient and their families, not by their belief. ...read more.

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