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

Using the issues of abortion and euthanasia. Explain how a Christian would respond.

Extracts from this document...


Using the issues of abortion and euthanasia. Explain how a Christian would respond. Euthanasia and Abortion are things, which are sometimes considered when the quality of life for the human being in question is going to be very poor. If a child is going to be born into a family, which does not have enough money to support the child, and the family already has children to look after, it may be best for all concerned if the mother has an abortion. This will allow the family to have a better quality of life. However, Christians, especially Roman Catholics, would argue that the termination of the child is murder. The family, if they were Christians would be strongly advised against an abortion. ...read more.


The Roman Catholic Church believes that life does begin at conception and are strongly against abortion. They teach, 'God the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.' This makes it quite clear that the Roman Catholic Church is strongly against Abortion. They also believe that life begins at conception. The teaching goes on to say, 'Intentional Euthanasia, whatever its form or motives, is murder. It is gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his creator.' ...read more.


Anglicans also teach that, 'the deliberate termination of someone else's life is only acceptable in self-defence.' This shows that Anglicans are also opposed to Euthanasia. Methodists oppose to abortion however have a certain amount of understanding for mothers who may require help or support. Out of the three main Christian denominations (Roman Catholics, Anglicans and Methodists) Methodists have the most understanding towards people who have abortions. They say, 'our belief in the sanctity of unborn human life makes us reluctant to approve abortion. But we are equally bound to respect the sacredness of the life and well being of the mother, for whom devastating damage may result from an unacceptable pregnancy. In continuity with past Christian teaching, we recognize tragic conflicts of life with life that may justify abortion, and in such cases we support the legal option of abortion under proper medical procedures.' J. Fairbourn RS Coursework 01/05/07 ...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. R.E Coursework - Abortion and Euthanasia

    countries it is dominant in, it has held out against abortion being legalised although not always successfully. "God gives life and only God can take it away" The official law of the Catholic Church is that anyone who commits the sin of abortion automatically excommunicates herself from the church.

  2. Coursework H: Medical Issues

    and thus cause the patient difficulties in everyday tasks. Moreover, changing the genetic make-up of any organism may affect ecosystems in ways that laboratory testing cannot predict40, meaning that the ecosystems may be affected for the worse. An example of this could be if an organism's genetic make-up is made better, there may gradually be less and less of

  1. "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" by Bertolt Brecht. I will respond to three sections of ...

    The mother was really fussy and did things quickly. This showed that she was scared of the rich people. When she spoke she tried to sound calm but really was anxious. The father was tired and moved slowly. His tone of voice was depressed. The daughter was angry and frustrated.

  2. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that human life is sacred. Explain how this teaching ...

    precious and should not be ended for any reason at all even if you are terminally ill, you are still alive. The Salvation Army believe that any competent person in certain conditions should be allowed to 'choose to die' although they oppose to any idea of legalising euthanasia.

  1. Abortion And Euthanasia Coursework

    As the death of the foetus is a second effect, which is not intended, the operation is allowed. 2. Mother developing cancer - if mother develops cancer while pregnant and receives treatment, it is not given to kill the foetus but the cancer, so the death of the foetus is secondary unintended (double effect)

  2. Abortion and Euthanasia

    There are of course, some Christians who believe abortion can be morally justified. One situation is when continued pregnancy would mean that there is a risk to the life of the pregnant woman. It could be that the woman already has other children who are dependent on her and those children will be deprived of a mother if she dies.

  1. Abortion- Moral Issues

    Abortion is wrong for reasons beyond God's laws and moral obligation. The greatest anti abortion argument involves the topic of murder. Many people will say that women have a right to choose what goes on in their body. The problem with this frame of mind is that we are not separating two humans from one another.

  2. abortion coursework

    However, agape can also be shown to the woman and therefore justify abortion. The Roman Catholic view: The Roman Catholic Church says that deliberately causing an abortion is a grave moral wrong. The Church says that the human life begins when the woman's egg is fertilised by a male sperm, at conception.

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