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

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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 other points of view.  (You should refer to the Bible, to the thinking / writing of Christians and Roman Catholic tradition to illustrate and support what you say).

A lot of people think that euthanasia is a country.  A lot of people think that abortion is murder, but what do these words really mean?

Abortion: the expulsion (either spontaneous or induced) of a foetus from the womb before it is able to survive, especially in the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.

This word has also a second meaning, which I think we should take into account,

2. A misshapen creature or thing

This definition I find deeper.  If we take the first and second definitions at first we see that they are completely different, like a lot of dictionary definitions.  But in doing English Literature and in being an active scientist and a promising philosopher I saw another view of the two definitions.  I know that the first definition is what happens in the process of abortion, but personally I think that the second definition has a hidden message.

Euthanasia: the bringing about of a gentle and easy death for a person suffering from a painful incurable disease.

I dislike this definition as it is biased.  The first definition was telling it like it is, but this definition makes this action (which is not mentioned as it takes many forms), seem nice, good and a favour to the person.  It is obvious to me that Mr/Mrs Oxford dictionary has their own views on the topic.  But it is not their views that we are here to discuss.   The Catholic Church have many views on many issues, but their views on this topic are very straight forward.  

The Catholic Church teaches that all human life is sacred from the moment of conception. This teaching is called the Sanctity of life.  The Roman Catholic Church’s views on abortion and euthanasia are based on this teaching.  I will take abortion first and discuss the views of different groups on the subject.    

In one case only is it permitted by the Catholic Church to have an abortion.  This case is called DOUBLE EFFECT.  Double effect is when during a pregnancy the mother experiences difficulties which lead to an operation on the womb, cervix etc.  In these cases the abortion of the pregnancy may be inevitable.  In these cases if the mothers life is in danger and the abortion is a side affect and not a direct intention then it is considered that the abortion of the pregnancy is acceptable to the Catholic Church.

     The catholic churches view on euthanasia is that human life is sacred and euthanasia is wrong and unacceptable in all cases.  

     It should be obvious that the Catholic Church would be against abortion and euthanasia after all doesn’t the bible say,  “Thou shall not commit murder.” Exodus 20:13 but then we have the argument for abortion of “How can something be considered Murder if the expulsion is of a foetus?” i.e. When does life begin?  According to the church life begins at the point of conception, but other people think other wise so does their abortion become acceptable?  Not in the eyes of the Catholic Church.  The bible also mentions in certain psalm verses that God decides how long our life is, “The days allotted to me had all been recorded in your book, before any of them ever began.” Psalm 139:16 This verse could have two meanings; 1. That God is the only person who knows when our lives should end. Or 2. That God knows what will happen to us, how we will die.  In the abortion and euthanasia case, we could say that psalm 139 is telling us that God knows that we will die through abortion or euthanasia.  So it becomes difficult to take the bible as a guide.  The bible also permits murder in certain circumstances, like if the person has killed another person or if the person has cursed their parents or even if the person kidnaps someone.  So in this occasion as in many the bible permits murder, in certain circumstances.  The main thing is that although it permits murder, neither abortion nor euthanasia is mentioned as being allowed so we must conclude that the bible does not permit murder in the form of abortion or euthanasia.  

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     For other advice on the topic we need to look on Catholic Church representatives.  Unlike the bible, these people express their views on behalf of the church clearly and get down to the point.  Pope John Paul the 2nd stated in his evangelium vitae that, “the deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of his life is always morally evil and can never be licit.”  Basically he thinks abortion, euthanasia and murder are unacceptable.  But he has many supporters of this view, for example the Catholic Truth Society have this to say about abortion,  “No pregnancy is unplanned ...

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