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

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AO2 Abortion and Euthanasia: Explain how Christians would respond to these issues. In your own answer you should refer to different attitudes that Christians have to these issues as well as practical ways that Christians might offer support. Abortion is when a woman's pregnancy is deliberately terminated before the unborn child is fully formed and therefore foetus dies. Christians believe that they were created by God and have a duty to care for all life and everything in the world. "Made in God's image and likeness" Genesis 1:27. "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 Roman Catholic Church strongly opposes abortion under every circumstance except when it is the inevitable result of a necessary treatment given to the mother. The Roman Catholic teaching that the foetus is a human being from the moment of conception, and that its rights to life are equal to that of the mother's, is based on two theories; Ensoulment: In the 13th century Thomas Aquinas argued that the male foetus becomes a human being at 40 days and the female at 90 days after conception. ...read more.


Other Christians like Catholics would disagree arguing that an unborn child can't argue for itself yet, unborn babies have enormous potential (eg. They could become a great scientist that discovers a new cure for diseases like cancer). They are other alternatives to abortion e.g. adoption. They could also talk about the 'Slippery slope' theory; when you abort the baby because it doesn't turn out how you wanted it to. Lots of women experience guilt after they abort an unborn child. Euthanasia Euthanasia means 'easy death'. It's helping someone to die to ease suffering from a painful, debilitating or incurable illness. It comes in four different forms; Active Euthanasia, passive euthanasia, voluntary euthanasia and involuntary euthanasia. Active Euthanasia is when someone ends another persons life by either giving them a lethal injection or an overdoes of medication etc. Passive Euthanasia is deliberately withdrawing something like a life support machine which would help the patient live longer. Voluntary euthanasia is when the patient has asked to be killed and is. Involuntary euthanasia is when the patient is killed without giving their consent to it. It is illegal in the UK for a doctor to deliberately give a patient a dose of medicine that will kill them. ...read more.


Pallaitive care is when you go to a hospice. Where you are looked after and can die with dignity. You spend your last days in an atmosphere that helps you come to terms with death so you can die peacefully. Some Christians would agree with euthanasia arguing; Jesus showed compassion to the sick and dying, voluntary euthanasia shows compassion. They would talk about 'situation ethics' and also the Doctorine of 'double effect' (when you prescribe a little more morphine to a patient than is needed. It manages the pain but its side affect is shortened life. But the intension was to manage pain). Euthanasia can been seen as murder but people who are dependent on a life support machine are only artificially alive so its as much altering God's plan for us as euthanasia is. We have the right to choose if we live or die. With euthanasia we can die with dignity and we won't be a burden our family. Other Christians would disagree saying: It goes against the sixth commandment 'thou shall not kill'. Medical advances mean that cures are being found to stop suffering, it is a Doctor's duty to save life not destroy it. And they would comment on 'Natural law' Thomas Aquinas. Suffering strengthens faith and brings a person closer to God, just like Jesus suffered for us. ...read more.

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