or a child with a terminal disease that would make there life worse
than death. Although some of the 97% could be due to the mothers
health for instance if she had cancer of the womb and needed the baby
to be removed or she would die as this would be considered to be part
of a double effect, where the main priority is the health of the
mother. Euthanasia the greek word for easy death is the taking of life
to relieve extreme suffering although it is controversial and illegal
many consider this an option and also believe it to be very similar to
abortion in certain circumstances. For instance if there life was
worse than death and they wished to abort the child it would be
because they wanted it to be at peace, this is the idea of euthanasia.
Euthanasia beyond the womb is taken into account when someone is in
great pain or considerable discomfort and they are given normally a
high dosage of drugs, possibly morphine, or valium in order to remove
the pain but and bring them to an end. But a lot of the time they
would call this double effect when your main priority is to end
suffering but as a double effect/ side effect it would bring death.
Voluntary euthanasia includes both active steps for taking life (e.g.
administration of drugs) and the withholding of life-supporting
treatment (passive euthanasia). Unacceptable forms of euthanasia would
be compulsory euthanasia, in which the patient for example, someone is
in a coma and is unable to express his or her wishes and the
responsibility for deciding to end his or her life rests on society or
a person acting on authority, normally there next of kin or closest
family. Many societies exist which wish to promote voluntary
euthanasia (e.g. The Voluntary Euthanasia Society, also known as
Exit). Voluntary euthanasia was effectively decriminalized in the
Netherlands in 1993 and the government plans to make it fully legal by
the year 2000. Full legalization was brought in by the Northern
Territory of Australia in 1995 but later revoked. It has also been
legalized in certain strictly defined circumstances in Oregon, USA in
1998. Voluntary Euthanasia is when the patient wishes for death to be
induced to reduce their suffering.
Abortion is considered justified in certain scenarios e.g. on the
grounds of incest or rape, but these types of circumstances only
account for a very small percentage of all abortions which are carried
out in the UK. Other views would be that it was the women's right and
the women's right alone as it is her body but this is not according to
the church right as when a women is pregnant she holds two lives hers
and her child's.
The catholic church has always been against any form of abortion.
Its main view is that all human life is sacred, even the baby in the
womb. The Catholic Church takes this view for a number of reasons. In
Jeremiah 1:5, it says 'Before you were formed in the body of your
mother I had knowledge of you, and before your birth I made you holy;
I have given you the work of being a prophet to the nations' this says
that even though we have not been born god had already made us and had
knowledge of us and plans for what we were going to do in life. This
backs up the theory that every human life is unique and that we are
indeed killing a unique defined human being by aborting a child. In
genesis 1:27, we are told that god made man in his image this alone
would make us sacred as we each in a way are images of God.
Sources like these help us to understand where the catholic church
gets its view from and how us as Christians should live and respect
gods laws and not just of our land.
Within the Christian Church there is generally a keen desire to
follow and apply the teachings of the Bible. However this in not easy
and a number of alternative readings of Scripture have lead to a
variety of viewpoints concerning the moral implications of abortion.
Generally the Church is united in its condemnation of abortion. Most
Christians believe abortion violates the sixth command which prohibits
murderous acts. However there is a keen debate concerning the moment a
human embryo/foetus becomes fully human (i.e. when, according to
Christian teaching, it has both body and soul). The Catholic Church
teaches that ensoulment takes place at the moment of conception and
this has been a key reason for their refusal to condone abortion
(although Thomas Aquinas taught that the soul of girls was implanted
by God at 90 days and the soul of boys at 40 days).
The Protestant Church is reluctant to take such a hard line as
Catholics do in the abortion debate. It accepts that there are certain
situations in which abortion is an unavoidable consequence of deciding
between the 'lesser of two evils' (E.g. Accepting that a women who
becomes pregnant after being raped might want an abortion) or in that
where the baby must die in order for the mother to live.
The Church believes the demand for abortions is unacceptably high.
It stresses that abortion should happen as early in the pregnancy as
possible and only after serious moral reflection. Its view on late
termination's (after 24 weeks) of handicapped foetuses is that they
should only be given if the baby is likely to die from its deformities
soon after birth according to the Church of England even so this is
Both the Catholic and the Protestant Churches accept abortion when the
life of the mother is in danger as a result of her being pregnant this
comes in with double effect.
There are some Christians who believe the Bible says nothing about
abortions. In one sense this is true. There is no direct teaching that
says 'You shall not kill the child within your womb' despite the fact
that abortions did happen in biblical times (there was a high infant
mortality rate). Thus the case for and against abortion is generally a
In conclusion to this and this is a personal conclusion I strongly
think that mothers should considering adoption foster parents and
similar case scenarios as this can allow woman who do not have the
ability to give birth the chance to be a mother and have a child, I my
self have two adopted cousins who I love and care for and if there
biological mother had come to the conclusion that abortion was a
better idea than adoption I would not have the joy of ever meeting
them. Therefore I take the concept of catholic church in which all
kinds of abortion are wrong except that of the unavoidable.