• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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. (You should refer to the Bible, to the thinking / writing of Christians and Roman Catholic tradition to illustrate and support what you say). A lot of people think that euthanasia is a country. A lot of people think that abortion is murder, but what do these words really mean? Abortion: the expulsion (either spontaneous or induced) of a foetus from the womb before it is able to survive, especially in the first 28 weeks of pregnancy. This word has also a second meaning, which I think we should take into account, 2. A misshapen creature or thing This definition I find deeper. If we take the first and second definitions at first we see that they are completely different, like a lot of dictionary definitions. But in doing English Literature and in being an active scientist and a promising philosopher I saw another view of the two definitions. I know that the first definition is what happens in the process of abortion, but personally I think that the second definition has a hidden message. Euthanasia: the bringing about of a gentle and easy death for a person suffering from a painful incurable disease. I dislike this definition as it is biased. The first definition was telling it like it is, but this definition makes this action (which is not mentioned as it takes many forms), seem nice, good and a favour to the person. It is obvious to me that Mr/Mrs Oxford dictionary has their own views on the topic. But it is not their views that we are here to discuss. The Catholic Church have many views on many issues, but their views on this topic are very straight forward. The Catholic Church teaches that all human life is sacred from the moment of conception. ...read more.


They offer support to families, information on how to be euthanised and advise on how to make your will, all on their website which discusses both reasons for and against euthanasia. Organisations against euthanasia hold the following views: * Its murder * No one has the right to end life * It is morally wrong * The patient might be in the wrong state of mind * It devalues human life * It goes against the Hippocratic Oath These organisations are also known as PRO-LIFE and include CURE (Citizens United Resisting Euthanasia). They also offer support for families as well as giving advise to patients on why life matters. The opposition can cancel out the arguments put forward by one of the groups, so it is hard to decide which is right and which is wrong. Personally I think that you would need to be in the situation yourself before you could say either I am for or I am against abortion and euthanasia. The Catholic Church influences a lot of these decisions made by people who are in the pro-life groups, and on all of the websites that I entered on the subject Christianity and the views of the Christian church were mentioned somewhere. One main thing I noticed was that in the abortion websites there were links to the euthanasia websites and to advice and support groups. There is definately a link between the two topics and the church. The teaching that human life is sacred applies to the teaching that abortion and euthanasia are wrong. If all human life is sacred then the destruction of that life is considered wrong in the eyes of the Roman Catholic Church. But even though the church has its views and these views are well known in society, it is entirely up to the person in question as to whether abortion or euthanasia is the right option for them. ...read more.


God may be the only person who has the right to take life away, but he isn't the only person who does it. If as my parents believe, God decides that life should be given then God has his say in all the genetic engineering and he allows the penetration to occur, or the cells to divide or the baby to grow. One thing my father said when I put the arguments to him was a very good point, "What comes first the chicken or the egg?" I had to think about it and I said egg and he said well then how did the egg get there and where did the chicken evolve from and how did the earth begin and the universe and who caused the big bang? I was totally not winning that argument basically because I don't know, no one knows. People in ancient times as far back as Roman Empire didn't have advances in medicine that we have. They didn't know what caused illness or disease so they came up with supernatural explanations claiming that spirits made you ill and Gods like Asclepios made you well again. It wasn't until the ancient Greek philosophers began asking questions that discoveries were made giving explanations other than the supernatural that people began to understand the human body and how it works. People now days still have their Gods and beliefs in cure through prayer. Thousands of people flock to Lourdes each year with the faith that they will be cured, and many are. Whether or not there is a God we might never know. Maybe in years to come people will make more discoveries, which can answer the questions of the world. People in the future might laugh at us for our thoughts and theories as we today laugh at the ancient Egyptians because they thought that evil spirits caused disease. Until these discoveries are made we are left with the option to have faith or not to have faith. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Abortion and other medical issues section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Abortion and other medical issues essays

  1. Abortion is a highly controversial topics, everyone has an opinion on it, whether you ...

    Just like situation ethics considers each situation to be different and separate, and the judgment is made from within the situation subjectively. This fact is a key criticism of situation ethics, because the decision is made from within the situation then there can never be a clear and objective view,

  2. Abortion and Euthanasia - views from the Roman Catholic Church.

    Many people would believe that a woman should have a choice on whether or not she should have an abortion, as it is her body. They think that if a woman is raped then an abortion is the most humane way of helping her.

  1. Religion courseowrk, sancity of human life, abortion and euthanasia

    Church believes that comforting a dying person through the process of dying, is much better than opting for a quick death; "Life is God's gift and the decision of how to end it is not ours to make- we should be helping one another live through the dying process, not encouraging others to seek death as a solution".

  2. In this essay I will only focus on the religion of Christianity and its ...

    the foetus has nearly finished developing senses and a brain and therefore might be able to feel pain during an abortion. I believe that many of the reasons for having abortions are totally unacceptable. For example, there have been reports that some pregnancies were terminated because parents decided that their child was the 'wrong' sex.

  1. Abortion and Euthanasia

    Once they have passed away, they are sent off with the help of the Church, with a funeral. There is also support available for the grieving from the Church. Christians do this in order to give that person up to God's Kingdom, comforting them and aiding them on the way.

  2. Christian views on abortion and euthanasia

    They may have to see a loved one suffer on their death bed knowing there is no cure for them, just waiting for the day to come when their pain will end. This can cause break downs. In conclusion to this, if the patient can decide how to live their

  1. "Abortion is never justified." Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer and ...

    Christians believe that Jesus Christ was sent by God to die for humanity, so we could be saved and be reconciled with God, "God reconciled us to himself through Christ," 2 Corinthians 18. They believe that this shows the value that God places on the individual and the love he has for every single person.

  2. Christian views on abortion, IVF and animal research.

    family from having the opportunity of care for their needs and show their love for them. 4. By killing a human life you are destroying something that has been made in the image of God. This idea is based on the following bible passage: ?Then God said, ?Let us make humankind in our own image, according to our likeness?.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work