• 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. Abortion- Moral Issues

    Isaiah 49:1 "You saw me before I was born" Psalm 139:16. "God... chose me even before I was born" Galatians 1:15 - Life begins before birth In the Ten Commandments it says that "You shall not kill" (Exodus) - when Christians have accepted that a foetus is a human being, then this quote applies.

  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. Abortion and Euthanasia

    Throughout the Bible, Jesus always cared for the sick and never hinted at euthanasia as an option. It would prevent modern-day miracles from taking place, as these have been known to occur. If euthanasia were allowed to take place, the sanctity of human life would be less significant.

  1. Abortion And Euthanasia Coursework

    In any civilised society, it is morally unacceptable to even contemplate the possibility. The four reasons this is unacceptable are: A. Euthanasia is a murder. B. Euthanasia is contrary to the dignity of human beings. C. Euthanasia destroys the respect that is due to God, the beginning, and end of all life.

  2. Attitudes to Abortion and Euthanasia (Christian)

    This suggests that the issue of abortion has been discussed and disapproved of by the Church for many years. Roman Catholic Attitude: The Roman Catholic Church believes that abortion is a sin in all cases. They believe that life must be protected from the moment of conception.

  1. Coursework H: Medical Issues

    Islam also teaches that Muslim parents are the ones who produce the next generation through sex within marriage, which is encouraged so that children can be brought into the world, and teach children in the society what is right, as recognized in the Hadith20.

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

    The church teaches '...Never under any pretext, may abortion be resorted to, either by a family or by a political authority, as a legitimate means of regulating births.' 'Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception.

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