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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 otherpoints of view.

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1. 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 thinking/writing of Christians and Roman Catholic tradition to illustrate and support what you say. Yes it certainly is true that human life is sacred, but who has the right to say that there is human life at the moment of conception or that is over when a person can neither eat or think for themselves. Abortion is the deliberate and intentional killing of a child during its growth in the womb. It is also a major and widely debated civil rights issue, which is a very sensitive issue in many countries. The Catholic Church not only frowns upon abortion itself and it also condemns the use of contraception i.e. Condoms and "the pill". Instead the church tries too steering its followers to more natural methods of contraception which involves around the woman's natural rhythms of the female body. ...read more.


I cannot agree with the second grounds for abortion as if Stephen Hawkins was killed at birth the world would be at a slower technological advance, as with every baby that is handicapped who is to say he or she wouldn't have the cure to cancer someday. In a world which is becoming more equal rights conscious you simply can't decide to kill the foetus or not let them be born at all, I think whoever passed the abortion law had a strong close family link with Hitler. As was once said "Abortion is the silent holocaust." But if you were faced with the possibility of having the rest of your life ruined by something, which hasn't even got a heartbeat yet, then I think anyone in that situation would cast judgement in their mind. Although abortion has not been legalised in Ireland that is not to say that they don't take place in the dark dirty backstreets. ...read more.


Regardless of this I will continue to argue my points I just feel I had to state that it is a difficult decision to make for or against either method of taking life. 'EXIT' is a group, which feels that a person has the right to take their own life if they feel it, is necessary and are constantly campaigning to have euthanasia legalised. The church on the other hand takes the opposing stance on the argument of euthanasia with one of its commandments being (Exodus 20:13) 'Thou shall not kill.' That is what is to remembered in this piece of coursework that it is human life that is being decided whether to have its life ripped from it prematurely. Or if a person is in the early stages of a terminal illness and asks you to take their life if the pain gets too much or they become a 'vegetable.' They may change their mind and not be able to say to the person possibly through loss of speech and may have died unwillingly against their consent. ...read more.

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