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In this piece of coursework I intend to explain the beliefs that Christians hold about their responsibility for these beliefs at the beginning and end of their lives.

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Abortion And Euthanasia Najia Ataur Religious Studies Coursework Sister Judith 11 Clare Introduction In this piece of coursework I intend to explain the beliefs that Christians hold about their responsibility for these beliefs at the beginning and end of their lives. In AO2 I will explain the different ways Christians might respond to Abortion and Euthanasia. In AO3 I will give my opinion on whether or not I agree, with more than one point of view, to the following statement: "What Christians believe about life is up to them. They should not try to make others accept their position." The Abortion Act was passed in 1967 and became effective the year after. It applies to England, Wales and Scotland, but not Northern Ireland. During the 30 years after the implementation of the act, the total number of abortions performed annually rose by nearly 700% such that some five million abortions were performed in Britain. During the last 15 years of that period, the annual total of abortions exceeded 170,000. ...read more.


Christians believe people have souls; this is the part of us that lasts forever. They believe the soul is a part of a person which is separate from the person. When the body dies the soul joins God and we have been given an opportunity to have a relationship with God. Many Christians believe that people have souls even before they were born, while they were growing during pregnancy. Christians also believe God values human life greatly as they believe Jesus came to die to heal the broken relationship between God and humans. Jesus died for human salvation therefore we must respect human life. Every human life, from conception through to death, is therefore to be valued and respected. Every human life is to be lived in obedience to God and His Word. Both Abortion (at the beginning) of life and Euthanasia (at the end) are about ending a life. Skill AO2 Most Christians would agree that it is wrong to take the life of another human. It is also mentioned in the 6th commandment, 'You shall not kill' (Exodus 20:30). ...read more.


Other organisations such as SPUC and LIFE are supported by the Roman Catholic Church and they both campaign strongly against abortion. PRO- LIFE also opposes abortion. The Church of England encourages its members to think through issues themselves in the light of the Christian faith and in dialogue with the Christian community. The Church of England combines strong opposition to abortion with a recognition that there can be strictly limited conditions under which it may be ethically preferable to any available alternative. The position of the Church of England is often compared to that of The Roman Catholic Church. This according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church is that: 'Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognised as having the right of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.' The Methodist's believe in the sanctity of unborn human life but this makes them reluctant to approve abortion. But they are equally bound to respect the sacredness of the life and well-being of the mother, for whom devastating damage may result from an unacceptable pregnancy. Skill AO3 ...read more.

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