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Life Is Sacred - Do you Agree?

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Life Is Sacred - Do you Agree? Abortion and euthanasia are one of the most controversial topics faced by the world today, people hold different views about them some are in favour whilst some are against it. In this coursework I will explain the different views about abortion and euthanasia. Abortion is the premature termination of the foetus from the womb either done by operation or by medication" The meaning of abortion is quiet clear from its definition. As far as different views are concerned mostly all sects of Christianity are against abortion, there are however humanitarian groups, which are for it. If we look at what different groups think we will find out that there is equal acceptance and opposition on the concept of abortion. To get opinions on the two topic's I visited a few web sites and I e-mailed different people such as Christianity.net and the national abortion campaign website etc. The Catholic Church feel that it is up to God if we produce a child or not, so we do not have the right to destroy what God has willed to be created. Life Campaign activist's believe that since human life, begins at conception i.e. ...read more.

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In my opinion a woman having an abortion is no easy thing, she will have to live with the decision for the rest of her life "did I do the right thing"? If I was in the position myself I do not know how I would react but there is one other option that could mean the child lives but not with the mother. This is "adoption". Euthanasia is the termination of a fully-grown human through maybe terminal illness or extreme pain. The term Euthanasia comes from the Greek word for easy death. Formally called 'mercy killing', euthanasia is the act of purposely making or helping someone die, instead of them dying they way it was supposed to be. Euthanasia can be 'voluntary', 'passive', 'active', or 'positive'. Voluntary is when the patient in question seeks legal help to get permission to die. Positive is when the patient takes action themselves to die. Active involves giving a lethal dose of toxicant to cause death. Euthanasia, at the moment is illegal throughout the world apart from one sate in the USA, the State of Oregon. They allow doctors to give out deadly drugs for the purpose of euthanasia. In the Netherlands it is practised a lot, but it is still illegal there. ...read more.

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The debate about euthanasia is present all the time, it is still happening secretly all the time. Everyone has their own opinion on it, with many people wanting to see a change in the law. When finally that person dies, their relatives' good memories may be overrun by the memories of that persons last few days of agony and misery, when all they could do was watch them suffer and loose dignity. The law is established by the religious and moral arguments, remembering that one of the Ten Commandments is 'Thou shalt not kill'. This issue needs a lot of thought. Many people agree with voluntary euthanasia, many disagree but there is also a large amount of people undecided on the matter. The time will come when the Government and medical services will have to open their eyes to euthanasia, and there will be a lot of debate on the subject. Until then the euthanasia debate will continue to linger, like a terminal disease. My opinion is that the patient in question should have the right to life or death and only they can decide. But if they are mentally disturbed and want to die due to a bad childhood or feel they can't cope with life G.P's should give a report to the court so the person has good reason to die due to terminal illness etc. JANET CAMPBELL ...read more.

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