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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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