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Christian views on abortion, IVF and animal research.

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´╗┐Sanctity of Life This is the idea that life is sacred or special. is an idea that many people would agree with. It is also partly supported by the law in the country. For example it is illegal to take the life of another human being, either deliberately or accidentally. However why is life considered to be so special? 1. The Bible teaches Christians that human life is special because man is made in the image of God. This is found in passages such as: ? ?Then God said, ?Let us make humankind in our own image, according to our likeness?. (Genesis 1:26) ? ?When God created humankind, he made them in the likeness of God?. (Genesis 5:1) 2. The bible also says that because human life is special it should not be destroyed. The Bible says ?Do not commit murder?. (Exodus 20:13) 3. Man is also said to be special. This comes from the following passages: ? ?If we live, it is for the Lord that we live, and if we die, it is for the Lord that we die. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord?. (Romans 14:8) Roman Catholics believe that man is not made fully in God?s image. This is because in the story of the Adam and Eve it says that they were both sent out of heaven for breaking God?s commands. ...read more.

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people have become. However the Roman Catholic campaign failed and on the 2nd August 1996 33 clinics began to destroy the surplus embryos. Surrogacy and womb leasing Surrogacy is where “a woman bears a child on behalf of a childless couple, either by artificial insemination implantation of the embryo”. The possibility of one woman carrying a child for another has led to the rise of womb leasing. This is where a woman is paid to carry another couples child. The first example of this in Britain was Kim Cotton in 1985. She was paid £5000 to carry another couples child. It has since been made illegal for companies to be set to arrange this type of action for money. Some people consider womb leasing to be wrong because: 1. The Church of England says that womb leasing is wrong because it is “undermining the dignity of women in the bearing of children they have no intention of mothering”. 2. Other people might see it as wrong because of the stresses it places on the person carrying the child, as it might be difficult for her to give up a child to which she has given birth. 3. Some people might also see it as wrong because of the stresses it places on the people who want the child, as it might be difficult for them to afford to pay someone to carry a child for them. ...read more.

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It is only fair, since no other creature would be made to live if they were suffering. For example people will allow their pets to be put to sleep if they are suffering. Animals being used in medical research Many Christians support animals being used in research to improve medical care because: 1. Traditionally Christians have believed that humans are God?s most important creation and other creatures were made for us to rule. This means that they may be used as scientists wish if they are trying to improve medicine. 2. Many diseases cause a lot of pain and suffering. If animal experimentation can reduce peoples suffering then it is okay. However many modern Christians say animals can only be used in research to improve medical care if: 1. All animals being used in experiments are shown respect and care. 2. The animals do not suffer unnecessarily. The Roman Catholic Church says that animals should not ?suffer or die needlessly?. 3. The animals are not being used unnecessary experiments. The Methodist Church says that ?unjustifiable experiments and trials ? as on the effects of cosmetics ? should not take place?. Some people always oppose research on animals to improve medical care because: 1. Animals have as much right to life as human beings. It is arrogant to say that because people are cleverer than other animals that they should have the right to do what they want to them. ...read more.

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