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Explain how Christians would respond to the issues of abortion and euthanasia

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Explain how Christians would respond to the issues of abortion and euthanasia? Abortion is a very controversial subject. It is the termination of pregnancy through surgery or some other medication. It was first introduced into Britain in 1967 as a result of the David Steel private members bill. Since then, there has been over 4 million unborn children aborted in Britain and over 40 million are being terminated over the world each year. Many people believe in Pro-choice. This is a belief that women should be given free access to abortions if she wishes to terminate a pregnancy. Other people are Pro-life. These are people who believe life begins at the instant of conception and that abortions should be totally unavailable. There are many reasons both in favour and against abortion. The Catholic Church is very much against it. They have many reasons for this. The Catholic Church believes that life starts at the moment of conception. Therefore, by committing abortion we are breaking the commandment "thou shall not kill". All abortions stop a beating heart and kill a unique individual. ...read more.

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She would be living with constant reminders of her terrible ordeal causing great emotional pain and suffering. The abortion of a disabled pre-born child will not only benefit the mother but the child too. Couples who have a mentally or physically handicapped child may face economic hardship due to medications, treatments, surgery, therapy etc. Why should they have to face these personal struggles and pressures? Although Pro-choice supporters present very good arguments, the Catholic Church still view abortion as an unnecessary procedure that will end a human beings life. This opinion is expressed by many religious figures throughout the years. Mother Theresa once said: "The fate of the unborn child is the fate of the human race. We are all one family and thus when the rights of any part of that family are denied it is of concern to all of us" Another procedure the Catholic Church is firmly against is the act of euthanasia. This is the intentional killing of a patient, usually someone who is incurably ill and in great pain. ...read more.

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If a person was to endure the appalling agony of the terminal stages of a disease such as cancer, would it not be better for that person and there loved ones to die a far kinder way when he or she wishes without pain and suffering. What if a person was disabled or handicapped? The person may no longer enjoy life and feel that it is their time to die. Is keeping someone alive against their own will not worse than ending their life? Lastly, if a person is in a coma or brain dead, then what's the point in keeping that person alive? He or she is existing more like a vegetable than living a human life. There loved ones are spared the burden of looking after an individual who is not really conscious of what is happening. Maybe if the money spent on them through health workers, nurses, medicine and medical machines, could be more beneficial to someone who could recover to full health. Abortion and euthanasia are two very highly debated subjects. I believe that no one can give an informed answer unless they are in that situation themselves. No one can make a choice for another person ...read more.

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