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Abortion & Euthanasia

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Kyriacos Kadis Abortion & Euthanasia R.E. coursework 1. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that human life is scared. This teaching influences its attitude to abortion and euthanasia. The word abortion means to end someone's life before they have been born, including miscarriages but this ends naturally. When people talk about abortion they are talking about pregnancies which end deliberately. In Britain there are about 180,000 abortions every year with an average of about one every there minutes. An abortion takes about 20 minutes and costs �350 in a private clinic. I think many of these abortions are not necessary. In Britain abortion has been legal since 1967. Before it was legal people had back street abortions which were very dangerous and were illegal. There were about 200,000 back street abortions every year and around 60 women died every year as a result of this. Some people say it is "premature expulsion of the foetus from the womb." The Roman Catholic Church believes that life begins at the moment of conception. While some people argue that it begins while the foetus is developing and some say at birth. "Human life is sacred" Pope Paul the VI said. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that deliberate abortion is a serious sin for whatever reason. ...read more.

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Women have rights but they shall not be used as an excuse for abortion as this denies another person the right to live. The declaration also says that even if people have serious reasons for abortion they should try and find solutions for the reason especially if they are Christians. According to the declaration human life begins "From the time that a life is begun which is neither that of the father nor the mother. It is rather the life of a new human being with its own growth. It would never be made human if it where not human already. The Roman Catholic Church feels very strong that abortion & euthanasia shouldn't be allowed. Human life is sacred and no one should play with it because we are, "Made in the image of God" God should not want us to destroy someone's life right at the point when is starts. He would want us to give that person a chance in life. If we kill foetus' then we are destroying our relationship with God. The Anglicans and Methodists believe that life begins when the baby is born. They are against abortions if they are not really needed. However they allow abortions only if there is a risk to the mother or if she is going to give birth to a handicapped child or if the pregnancy was a result of a rape. ...read more.

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The same chance should be given to a foetus which is diagnosed with an illness. It is wrong for doctors to allow euthanasia and abortion to take place. Their job is to save people's lives and not to kill them. It is wrong for people to know that somebody else, doctor or relative, can decide to end their life if they are ever in a coma. Only god has this right. In cases where patients have signed documents for their death it may be that they were not thinking clearly or uncaring relatives may have got them to sign. There is also a chance that they may change their minds. If euthanasia is allowed to take place it would be difficult to decide at what stage of someone's illness it would be allowed. I think it is a doctor's duty to fight for the patient until the end. Doctor's classify miscarriages and deliberate ended pregnancy as abortion. This is wrong because miscarriage is natural but deliberate ending of pregnancies is murder. Abortions are often the result of the mother wanting to enjoy her life, progress in her career and be free from mother responsibilities. This is very selfish and it is for the convenience of the mother. It is unfair for the foetus. I think abortions and euthanasia should not be allowed for all the above reasons. God gives life and only God can take it away. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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