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Christians believe that human life is sacred. They believe that it should not be tampered with in any way and therefore absolutely condemn abortion.

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Religion Coursework Christians believe that human life is sacred. They believe that it should not be tampered with in any way and therefore absolutely condemn abortion. They believe that form the moment of conception human life is present and therefore tampering with the foetus is unacceptable. This ending of the life of the life of the foetus is murder. The fifth commandment states, "thou shalt not kill" it is therefore a breach of the commandments to end the life of an unborn child. Human life is a gift from God and everyone was created in the image of him. This is said in Genesis, "God created human beings in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, be fruitful and increase" (Genesis 1:27) Pope Paul VI said in Humanae Vitae in 1968 that, "Human life is sacred; all men must recognise that fact." The Catholic Church holds the view that the termination of the life of an unborn child is an abominable crime. ...read more.

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It went o to say that this was only in a "great majority of cases." There are many reasons given for the request of abortion. For some people pregnancy can be inconvenient and embarrassing and it can also be difficult to pick up the pieces again after the birth of the child, especially with the responsibility of having to care for a young child. The are many feminists who think that women should have the right to ask for the life of their unborn child to be terminated. In America it is legal to kill somebody if you are protecting your property. A woman's body is her property so if you kill the foetus it can be justified as defence of property if the child is unwanted. In the case where there is the likelihood that the child would be born with a handicap maybe because of a history on disabilities in the family or because if the age of the mother as with Downs Syndrome, an abortion my be seen as the lesser of two evils, it would be better fro the child to die than live. ...read more.

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The Suicide Act makes Passive Euthanasia, allowing a person to die by withdrawing extra ordinary means of keeping them alive legal and makes Active Euthanasia, actually killing the person maybe by lethal injection illegal. Organisations such as VES and EXIT argue that since passive Euthanasia is legal, active euthanasia should also be legal, as they see no difference between the two because the outcome in both is the same. In the argument between passive and active euthanasia we came across the Acts and Omissions Doctrine. This Doctrine states that there is a significant difference between an act and an omission even although there is the exact same outcome. Some people who criticise the acts omissions doctrine say that the difference lies in the intention of the act but acknowledges the outcomes are both the same. Whereas supporters of the acts omissions doctrine say that there is a clear difference between passive and active euthanasia and that is that passive is indirect and active is direct. Although there are people arguing for and against abortion and euthanasia both still remain illegal in this country. ...read more.

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