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Describe the treatments available to help infertile couples have children.

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RE Coursework Religion and Medical Ethics Arnita Manandhar 10S Miss Harbutt Describe the treatments available to help infertile couples have children. There are many people in the UK who are infertile. To be infertile means to be unable to produce offspring. These people all have different medical problems which fortunately have many solutions however with disadvantages as well as advantages. However some people choose to stay infertile no matter how much they want a child. They might believe in a particular religion where it teaches that only God has the right to decide matters of life and death and he would be the one to decide whether they should have a child or not. As mentioned before, there are many solutions for infertile couples depending on their situation. Some infertile couples have problems with the male partner, female partner or both of the partners involved. Scientists and Medical specialists have formed many solutions to suit different situations. When a man has a low sperm count he can try out two methods to make him fertile. He can take up Artificial Insemination or/and Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ISCI). Artificial Insemination involves concentrating different semen samples and injected into the neck of the woman's womb when she is ovulating. ...read more.

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One of the Christian teachings is that the body is created by God and so should not be interfered with. Interfering with the life and its ways is ignoring the sanctity of life. The sanctity of life is a view followed by almost all religions. As mentioned before this is a basic belief that teaches all life is a gift from God and so thus belongs to God. Transplanting organs from the dead into the living is usurping the role of God, and no one has the right to act as God. Some Christians also believe that organs should not be paid for because the Bible states in many places that to exploit the poor is wrong. Hence paying for organs is disagreeing with the Bible. Christians also agree with the non religious arguments against transplant surgery. Heart transplants can cause much dispute and anger as for the heart to be used as a transplant needs to be removed before the heart stops beating. In other words the person who is giving up their heart would still have to be alive to give it up for use. Islam is another religion that has much strong opposition towards transplant surgery. ...read more.

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This is why overall; some people agree that only God has the right to interfere with our genes. Other religious people believe that if God didn't want us to be able to change our own genes, then he would have not allowed us to even create such a thing as genetic engineering or further more he wouldn't give us free will. Religious people such as Christians, Hindus, Muslims and Jews all believe that everyone should do all they can to cure disease. For example, Jesus was a healer who encouraged Christians to try and cure disease if they could. The Qu'ran and hadith teach that Muslims should do all they can to cure disease also and so does the Tenakh and Talmud for the Jewish people. Christianity teaches that all humans are stewards of our Earth. Being a steward means to take care of the Earth and improve human life if possible for the benefit of the next generation. It means to leave the Earth in a better place then it was found when you are born. God expects us to improve human-life as stewards of his creation. Genetic engineering is just another form of medicine which benefits the world and its inhabitants. ...read more.

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