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Sanctity Of Life

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AO2 Sanctity Of Life In this coursework I will explain how this effects Christian attitudes and actions relating to abortion and euthanasia. The various Christian churches have different views on Abortion and Euthanasia. The Roman Catholic teachings on abortion is that the church says that abortion should not be allowed under any circumstances, because even while still very tiny and still hardly developed the baby growing in the womb is the beginning of a human life, And another human being should not end any life created by God at any stage of its development. All life is precious as the psalmist says 'you created every part of me, you put me together in my Mothers womb... When I was growing there in secret, you knew that I was there, you saw me before I was born. Mother Teresa also sums up the Catholic attitude we read in an interview with the Tablet' God had created us to love and be loved, she said, in his own image, as evidence of his love.' For this reason I say abortion is the greatest evil. If anyone of you does not want his own child, do not kill it, give it to me' Also connected to issues involved in abortion and the sacredness of life is euthanasia. Our beliefs in the value of life influenced by the church also affect the way we see euthanasia. ...read more.

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The four reasons this is unacceptable are: Euthanasia is a murder. Euthanasia is contrary to the dignity of human beings. Euthanasia destroys the respect that is due to God, the beginning and end of all life. There is a clear difference discounting treatment and actively killing someone. There are certain situations in which one simply cannot prevent the eventuality of death. These must be recognised and the decision to end treatment taken in consultation with the patient, if at all possible. If not then the closest relative should be involved. However if large doses of painkillers are used to help ease a persons suffering, and as a result the person dies, this is understood as a double effect and is permitted. Roman Catholic Church does not believe that doctors should use any extraordinary treatment to keep people alive. The Church of England holds a similar view, saying in 1992 that although the deliberation taking of a human life is forbidden, there are very strong arguments that people should not be kept alive at all costs when they are suffering intolerable pain. Christian Church's encourage the support of hospices. Hospices are places for terminally ill people to be cared for and allowed to die in comfort and dignity without employing euthanasia. The first hospices were founded by Christians who were at the forefront in looking for compassionate alternatives to euthanasia.The Roman Catholic Church opposes passive euthanasia that is when artificial means of sustaining life are either not offered or are withdrawn. ...read more.

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These applies to people whose minds are so deteriorated that they are helpless and unable to live with any dignity at all. People who are brainstem dead and have no hope of recovering consciousness but whose bodies are still technically alive. Some people support voluntary euthanasia eg EXIT and believe that the law should be changed. They believe that a person who is incurably ill should be allowed by law to have a painful (if this is their expressed wish). They also believe that doctors should be able to help patients that cant be cured to die peacefully, provided the person has signed a statement making their wishes known 30 days before. ' We have 20.000 requests for living wills each year, showing that a large proportion of the British people would like to see voluntary euthanasia become legal. Everyone should be able to have the mercy of a painless death Richard Hume of EXIT, the voluntary euthanasia society. In a living will a person asks for euthanasia in the event that they become terminally ill and unable to communicate their own decisions to relatives or doctors. Jesus did not agree with voluntary euthanasia, as we read. Simons Mother in law was sick in bed with a fever and as soon as Jesus arrived he was told about her. He went to her took her by the hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. (Matthew 2 30-31) Jesus did not believe in euthanasia as he healed her and did not kill her. By Deng Nhial ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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