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The Roman Catholic church teaches that human life is sacred. Explain how this teaching influences its attitude to abortion and euthanasia, showing that you understand other points of view.

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The Roman Catholic church teaches that human life is sacred. Explain how this teaching influences its attitude to abortion and euthanasia, showing that you understand other points of view. This piece of course work is about the issue of abortion, the Catholic Churches view on abortion, and the pro and anti abortionists and the implications it has on modern day society and individuals. The Catholic Churches view is that all human life is sacred and that includes a fertilized egg still in the womb. Founder members of the pro-abortion lobby were well known eugenicists. Founder members of the feminist movement were opposed to abortion. Mary Wollstonecraft decried the sexual exploitation of women was what had caused them to either `destroy the embryo in the womb, or cast it off when born. But nature in everything demands some sort of respect'. Abortion is ending the life of an unborn child or 'foetus' before it has had the chance to live. This can be induced by drugs or in most cases a vacuum. In 1966, with the encouragement of ALRA liberal MP David Steel decided to sponsor an abortion law reform bill. Its passage through parliament was far from smooth. Religious groups, government ministers, doctors and medical organisations all had strong views on the subject and there were several influential allies that had opposed to the bill. ...read more.

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The Voluntary Euthanasia Society, also known as Exit). Voluntary euthanasia was effectively decriminalized in the Netherlands in 1993 and the government plans to make it fully legal by the year 2000. Full legalization was brought in by the Northern Territory of Australia in 1995 but later revoked. It has also been legalized in certain strictly defined circumstances in Oregon, USA in 1998. Voluntary Euthanasia is when the patient wishes for death to be induced to reduce their suffering. Abortion is considered justified in certain scenarios e.g. on the grounds of incest or rape, but these types of circumstances only account for a very small percentage of all abortions which are carried out in the UK. Other views would be that it was the women's right and the women's right alone as it is her body but this is not according to the church right as when a women is pregnant she holds two lives hers and her child's. The catholic church has always been against any form of abortion. Its main view is that all human life is sacred, even the baby in the womb. The Catholic Church takes this view for a number of reasons. In Jeremiah 1:5, it says 'Before you were formed in the body of your mother I had knowledge of you, and before your birth I made you holy; I have given you the work of being a prophet to the nations' this says ...read more.

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Its view on late termination's (after 24 weeks) of handicapped foetuses is that they should only be given if the baby is likely to die from its deformities soon after birth according to the Church of England even so this is still immoral. Both the Catholic and the Protestant Churches accept abortion when the life of the mother is in danger as a result of her being pregnant this comes in with double effect. There are some Christians who believe the Bible says nothing about abortions. In one sense this is true. There is no direct teaching that says 'You shall not kill the child within your womb' despite the fact that abortions did happen in biblical times (there was a high infant mortality rate). Thus the case for and against abortion is generally a cumulative one. In conclusion to this and this is a personal conclusion I strongly think that mothers should considering adoption foster parents and similar case scenarios as this can allow woman who do not have the ability to give birth the chance to be a mother and have a child, I my self have two adopted cousins who I love and care for and if there biological mother had come to the conclusion that abortion was a better idea than adoption I would not have the joy of ever meeting them. Therefore I take the concept of catholic church in which all kinds of abortion are wrong except that of the unavoidable. ...read more.

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