Some Christians e.g. Roman Catholics are or will be against Abortion and Euthanasia, where as other Christians, such as Protestants, believe that in some circumstances, Abortion and Euthanasia are necessary.

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Some Christians e.g. Roman Catholics are or will be against Abortion and Euthanasia, where as other Christians, such as Protestants, believe that in some circumstances, Abortion and Euthanasia are necessary. Their motto is that Abortion and Euthanasia is 'the lesser of two evils.' This does not mean that they fully agree with Abortion/ Euthanasia because they actually discourage it rather than ban it so it is a sin. The Catholic Church preaches that Abortion is wrong because their teaching states that life begins at conception. This is when a released ovum is fertilised. They believe that it is wrong to take a life, therefore, abortion is wrong.

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Most people would think or keeping the child of a rapist as a 'burden' or just plain wrong. Pro-choice groups believe in this view. They believe that through our life, we have to make choices and as human beings we are easily able to make both right and wrong choices. These groups are 'for' choices. The Catholic Church believes that Euthanasia is wrong, again, because it means another one of its kind is taking another human life. Catholics also believe that Jesus helped and healed the sick and so should we. I believe that this is a good reason to be against Euthanasia, because as Christians, we are trying to follow in the footsteps of Jesus who did save a lot of lives through healing and forgiveness.

Conclusion

In the case of Euthanasia and Abortion there is only one method that most Christians, be they Catholic or Protestant, will both agree with. This is the principal of Double Effect. In the case of Euthanasia, double effect is when Doctors use large doses of painkillers to take away the pain, but the Secondary effect of this action is that the patient dies sooner than naturally expected. It is acceptable because the intention of giving the drugs is to relieve the pain, not to kill the patient. To conclude, Abortion and Euthanasia are such complex issues, that in on one religion, {which in this case is Christianity,} there are many differences in each an every opinion about what is right. I think this is because that on both sides, there is a balance, like on scales, with label titles 'For' and 'Against.'

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