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Abortion and Euthanasia: Explain How Christians would respond to these issues. In your answer you should refer to the different attitudes that Christians have to these issues as well as to the practical ways of that Christians might offer support

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AO2: Abortion and Euthanasia: Explain How Christians would respond to these issues. In your answer you should refer to the different attitudes that Christians have to these issues as well as to the practical ways of that Christians might offer support Abortion is the deliberate termination of a pregnancy. Pro Life is a belief that abortion is murder, as life begins at the moment of conception and Pro Choice is the belief that the woman who is pregnant should make her own decision. The Roman Catholic Church believes that abortion is murder. "Do not kill" Exodus 20: 1-17 is one of the Ten Commandments, in their eyes life begins at conception and so abortion would be classed as murder. Pope Paul IV wrote a Human Vitae in which stated that it was an absolute rule for human's to accept abortion and the in 1970 the Roman Catholic Church reiterated this view. ...read more.

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Abortions are to be carried out early in pregnancy. They believe that the number of abortions should be cut and more support should be given to pregnant mums. Some Christians that reject abortion support alternatives. If the baby is not wanted then it can be put up for adoption. In addition, some Christians will never accept abortion because they believe it is murder. Some more alternatives to Abortion would be seeking help from different organizations such as Social Services, NSPCC and Life. They would help take care of the baby, and assist in filling out benefit forms for baby equipment, believing in a pro-choice way of life where Christians have free will. Euthanasia is another widely discussed controversial topic where a patient who is dying or in intolerable pain asks someone to help him or her to die to avoid any further suffering. ...read more.

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The patient may fear the loss of bodily functions and having everyone to do everything for them. There are many alternatives for euthanasia. One alternative for euthanasia is a hospice. This is a hospital for terminally ill where experts take care of the people and help them to enjoy life as much as they possibly can until they pass away. The Roman Catholic Church has set up some hospices because they have such strong beliefs about euthanasia and want to provide another option. By setting up hospices, one may argue that it reduces the need for euthanasia. Christians actively help in the community and have a pivotal role to educate people about abortion and euthanasia. Some denominations place a higher value on the sanctity of human life that compassion for the individual and some are more absolute than others are. Some judge each case individually e.g. Quakers, whilst Roman Catholics seek to guide all. AQA Specification A Religion Coursework Joseph Leadbetter 1 ...read more.

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