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Not all Christians react in the same way to either abortion or euthanasia. Christian denominations teach different things based on differentiating views on the bible and natural law.

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Francesca Tredway AO2 Not all Christians react in the same way to either abortion or euthanasia. Christian denominations teach different things based on differentiating views on the bible and natural law. The Roman Catholic Church is against abortion and is constantly speaking out against it, there are many ways in which pro life Roman Catholics protest against abortion for example they could join a pro-life group such as the society for the protection of unborn children (SPUC) or LIFE these are the most known out of the groups that campaign for a change in the laws to stop or decrease the number of abortions carried out in the United Kingdom. By joining one of these groups people from any Christian tradition along with non-religious members can help provide counselling and advice to women who are, or think they might be pregnant. ...read more.

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The Church of England stated in a report in 1984 that "the foetus is to be specially respected and protected" it did however go on to say that "nonetheless the life of the foetus is not absolutely sacrosanct if it endangers the life of the mother." The Protestant Churches say that abortion is "generally undesirable; under some circumstances it may be acceptable." It is not however always clear what the circumstances may be, which may be why a minority protestant group ("Christians for free choice") campaigns for more emphasis on what they think is a woman's right to have an abortion. On the issue of euthanasia most Christian traditions are against it, the Roman Catholic Church has spoken out against euthanasia, saying "...an act, or an omission which, of itself or by intention, ...read more.

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Hospices are special places where people with a terminal illness are cared for and are allowed to die in comfort and dignity without employing euthanasia. The synod on behalf of the Church of England published a report in 1993, which said, "that no change in the law was needed" they acknowledged the difference between letting a person die by withholding treatments such as anti-biotics and deliberately killing by overdose thus expressing that a person has the right to refuse treatment but does not have a right to die at a time of their choosing. Exit is a pro-choice group who think that a change in the law is needed to allow judiciary greater flexibility on the issue of euthanasia. ...read more.

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