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The Roman Catholic Church teaches that all life is sacred. Explain how this teaching influences its attitude towards abortion and euthanasia showing you understand other points of view.

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R.E Coursework Abortion and Euthanasia 1. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that all life is sacred. Explain how this teaching influences its attitude towards abortion and euthanasia showing you understand other points of view. Throughout its history the Roman Catholic Church has always seen all human life, no matter what stage of development it is at, it is sacred. God Said "Let us make man in our image, to our likeness. Let them rule over the fish and sea, over the birds of the air, over the cattle, over the wild animals, and over all the creeping things that crawl on the ground" So God created man in his image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:26-28) The 5th Commandment states "Thou shall not kill" (Exodus 20:1-7) "God created man in his own image, male and female he created man" This scriptural reference is the basis upon which followers of Christ base their respect for life. The fate of Cain who killed his brother Abel in Genesis shows murder is abhorrent to God and against his law. He is marked as forehead and treated as an outcast. In the Psalms the wonder of life is praised. ...read more.

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The foetus has a fundamental right to life from the instant of conception. The church is not nearly anti-abortion: it is pro-life. It is legal to terminate the foetus in Great Britain up to week twenty-four out of thirty-six of development. In the United States of America a foetus can be aborted right up to birth. (Partial-birth abortions take place in the later stage of development) as legally the foetus is not a person until they are fully born. The pro-life stance refutes these laws which claim you are not fully human until the later stages of the foetal development. They believe once the egg is fertilised, the fact that this has become a potential human being gives the foetus rights to life that should not be taken away Here are some arguments for and against the churches pro-life stance. A woman has the right to chose, yes this is true but so has the child, it is a separate human being and so it has rights. Although some people might argue that the child is not a human being until it is born but in the eyes of the church it is a human being form the moment of conception. It is a form of birth and has a practical advantage for the overall good of the world, but this is an easy way ...read more.

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One of the main arguments for mercy killing is that it can prevent painful prolonged suffering in people who are sick. Pope Paul VI said of Euthanasia " A temptation, to take a persons life under the false pretext of giving them a pleasant death rather than having them suffer an atrocious agony without the consent of the person, euthanasia is murder. With their consent it is suicide, morally this is a crime that cannot be made by any means. Pope Paul makes it clear that euthanasia is against the moral-law even if it is made politically legal, his words emphasise this action is always wrong. It could be argued that euthanasia is against natural law. After doing this piece of coursework, I firmly believe that Abortion should be banned everywhere. This act of "mercy-killing" is not acceptable in the eyes of the Christian community. If we are going to live in a society where killing is banned we have to stop these acts of murder from occurring. If God didn't want anyone to have a baby he would have done that, but a child is a gift from above and we should accept it as a blessing, not just some piece of dirt that we just throw it away. So I am appealing to people to stop these acts of violence and lets abort abortion in out society. MARK WATTERS S2D ...read more.

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