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Faced with the issues of Abortion and Euthanasia, explain how a Christian would respond.

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Faced with the issues of Abortion and Euthanasia, explain how a Christian would respond. All Christians believe in the sanctity of life. They believe in its reverence, sacredness and think that it should be protected and cherished with love. However, we are all unique, so some may respond in a different manor when they are faced with these issues although they would all follow the beliefs and teachings of their church. Abortion is the direct and intentional killing of an unborn child in the womb, although an abortion can occur naturally as a miscarriage. The Roman Catholic Church is staunchly against abortion and it teaches that it is very serious sin in all circumstances. It teaches that "human life is sacred" (Pope Paul VI) ...read more.

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If the foetus endangers the life of the mother action can be taken" (Church of England Report 1984). This shows that both Churches share the belief that life is sacred and must be protected, but while the Catholic Church believes it is always sinful, the Church of England teaches that if the foetus endangers the mother's life, then and only then can abortion be considered and action can be taken. The word Euthanasia comes from a Greek word meaning "good and honorable death". Nowadays it means the direct and painless killing of a person on humanitarian grounds. The Church of England do not approve of Euthanasia. The Synod of the Church of England make it clear in their teachings that a person has the right to refuse treatment, but they state that he or she does not have the right in law to die at a time of his/her choosing. ...read more.

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However, Catholics believe that it is acceptable to ease the pain felt by those near the end of their life, and this is done in the Hospice. The Hospice movement enables terminally ill patients to spend their last few days in a sympathetic environment in which they can die with dignity. The movement focuses on relieving patients from their pain which is known as palliative care. Mother Theresa is one example of a modern day Christian who put the belief about the sanctity of life into practice. She worked in the slums of Calcutta, India, with the poor and the dying. She saw the sanctity of life and wished to keep it sacred and dignified by helping those who were most in need. In conclusion, all Christians would respond differently when faced with the issues of Abortion and Euthanasia, as we are all different, but all would follow the beliefs and teachings of their denomination. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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