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  1. Abortion and Euthanasia

    Jesus tells Christians that life is sacred by telling them that they are all known to God. In the Gospel of Luke, He says, "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are all worth more than many sparrows." (Luke 126-7). By saying this, he shows that if God values even the smallest birds, he must care a lot more for the lives of humans, so we should treat life as sacred, for God cares about it.

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  2. Abortion- Moral Issues

    There are many different reasons for a woman opting to have an abortion; these include: * The pregnancy may just come at the wrong time for the woman; she may be young, still studying, in important stages of her career, or she may simply think the timing is not right. * The pregnancy may be the result of a rape. * The woman may not be in a serious relationship and does not want to bring the child up alone.

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    Describe Christian teachings on abortion, specifically considering its status as legally permissible.

    Pope Paul VI stated that "abortion interrupts the natural generative process" and it is a sinful act (Humanae Vitae). In the case of rape, Catholics say that one sin does not justify another, and so abortion on the grounds of rape is immoral. The Church of England is against abortion in principle, but believe each case is special. Abortion is justifiable under the 1967 abortion act. They believe that if there is a "serious risk to the physical or mental wellbeing of the mother or existing children", then an abortion should be accepted, or "if the baby is severely mentally or physically handicapped".

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  4. What is meant by the term abortion?

    Other reasons could be that they are not financially secure; they are not in a stable loving relationship, the pregnancy is a consequent of rape or many other reasons. Abortions can be performed in a variety of ways. For instance: The abortion pill, this is 2 small tablets taken through the mouth and is normally used if a pregnancy is up to nine or ten weeks. The two tablets should be taken 2 days apart and taken at the same time.

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  5. What Biblical or Church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion?

    Church of England The Church of England generally says no to abortion and supports the bible quote of "The Lord gives and the Lord takes away." This means that God has a path for everyone's life and future and that God should be the only one who can take away that life it shouldn't be anyone else's decision when to be born and when to die "A time to be born, and a time to die" - Ecclesiastes 3:2 Methodist church The Methodist church likes to say no to abortion and again support quotes and teachings from the bible "God...

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  6. AQA Christian Responce

    The Catholic view on the value of life at the beginning of life isn't universal for all Christian denominations. Some Christian Churches teach that the mother of the child has the right to have an abortion, as long as she is informed of the process and thinks it is necessary. As for contraception many Christian Churches allow their members to freely use methods of contraception as they believe that sex is a way of showing the love between two people, and if they are unwilling to raise a child then that shouldn't prevent their love. All Christian Church's find euthanasia totally indefensible; since there cannot be any arguments on if someone has the right to end that life unlike abortion.

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  7. "Only God has the right to interfere with our genes"

    In the bible it is written "Consider what God has done: who can straighten what he has made crooked?" Because of this some people see genetic engineering as wrong. There is also the potential to place too much power in the hands of scientists, with a possible "Dr Frankenstein" situation arising. The long term effects are unknown, and people worry that something may go wrong, with catastrophic consequences. The benefits would also only be available to the wealthy. Some Christians are against genetic engineering. Roman Catholics believe that life begins at conception, and therefore embryo research is murder. They also disagree with creating potential life through science rather than sex.

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  8. Explain Christian and Islamic Attitudes to Infertility Treatments

    Many Christians believe that god intended a man and woman to have sex to produce a baby. Many Christian people and even non-religious people are against artificial insemination by donor or husband (AID/AIH). AID is frowned upon because the donor is not the husband, or in the case of embryo/egg donation, the wife. AIH involves masturbation, which is a sin for some Catholics or Protestants. The Catholic Church says that 'these techniques infringe the Childs right.'

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  9. Animal Cloning Debate

    Another medical reason for cloning is that it is developing "genetic techniques" for the development of animal organs which can then be transplanted into humans (xenotransplantation) in response to the ever growing organ market. In 2002 PPL Therapeutics managed to isolate a gene which was preventing pig organs being used in humans by cloning five piglets [3].

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  10. Describe and explain Christian teachings which could be used in a discussion about Abortion

    This is called the doctrine of double effect and is only seen as ok because the aim is to save the mother not to get rid of the baby. The Church of England still agrees that sex should only happen between married couples but they would say abortion is acceptable in some cases for example if the mother has been raped. Also, they would say that children shouldn't come into this world unwanted so if that is the case then abortion can be used and also that if the couple are not ready for children or cannot afford to start a family then abortion is acceptable.

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  11. Abortion from a Christian point of view.

    Another point that a Christian may agree with abortion is if the child is going to be handicapped. There would therefore be no point of giving birth to a child if it is to suffer and have problems in life. An additional reason for an abortion is that the Bible stated the fact to 'love thy neighbour'. Therefore isn't it the loving thing to allow a teenager or woman on her own to have an abortion. Another meaning behind that statement is that if a woman does have an abortion we should still love the woman just as much and forgive.

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  12. Only God has the right to interfere with our genes.(TM) Do you agree?

    Muscular dystrophy is a disorder which causes a person's muscles to become very weak and break down over time. Stem cell research involves creating stem cells from either embryo's that were produced by IVF but were not used or from adult bone marrow or blood. These stem cells are then allowed to multiply and be transplanted into diseased cells to create a cure. There are several non-religious arguments both for and against genetic engineering. The non-religious arguments in favour of genetic engineering are as follows: it offers the possibility of cures for currently incurable diseases, it is already available to

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  13. Abortion PSHE

    There is no time limit on an abortion where two agree doctors agree that a woman's health or life is gravely threatened by continuing the pregnancy, or that the baby is likely to be born with severe physical or mental abnormalities. I an abortion is to a performed in an emergency, a second doctor's opinion is not necessary. Once two doctors agree that the abortion is reasonable (according to laws), then a women does not need the consent of her doctor, family or partner. In most cases, woman under the age of 16 can have an abortion without parental consent.

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  14. Medical Ethics Coursework - Christian and Muslim attitudes to infertility

    Artificial Insemination by Donor (AID) is alright for some Christians because they believe they should try to have a baby in any means necessary, then again some Christians believe it is not right because you are having a sexual intercourse without your spouse and in some cases this will be called adultery and may lead to infidelity. Some Christians say that there is no problem with egg donation because they believe this is more important than having a child with a genetic mother, although some disagree because as stated above the fertilised eggs are thrown away which is murder and Christians believe in the sanctity of life which means all life is holy and sacred.

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  15. Medical Ethics Coursework - Genetic Engineering arguments

    I will begin my essay by talking about Islamic views for genetic engineering Islam says in the Quran and in the Hadith that Muslims should go to all lengths to try to cure diseases and could even be looked at in the sense of suicide by not curing the disease and suicide is prohibited in Islam, Islamic scholars also say that finding out more about humans and discovering new things about the human body is what Allah intends for us to do as humans, in the Quran we are told to seek knowledge and always be open to new ideas, and by learning about genetic engineering we are discovering new solutions to the problems the human race faces each day.

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    Fertility Treatments

    This is where an alien hostess carries the baby. The sperm of the man is artificially inserted into the hostess. This is not recognised by the church because it is very similar to adultery. Aii) Roman Catholics have the view that life is sacred and therefore the sacredness of life must be protected. The church believes that no one has the right to children; if someone is infertile it is because it is supposed to be that way. Any of the treatments, which involve the destruction of embryos, are banned because this is the same as abortion and that is banned in the Catholic Church.

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  17. Life Issues

    In many religions, abortion is seen as the murder of a child. Religious people think that a baby who is in the mother's womb is going to survive and be another life. Religious Jews believe that any death is unjust, 'Do not kill,' Exodus. This is the view of Jewish people and so if a Jewish person does not murder someone why should they murder a viable foetus? Another belief is that life begins at conception and that God should decide who dies and who is born.

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  18. Is abortion ever justified

    People who are Pro-Choice believe that it is exclusively the mother's choice whether she wants to have an abortion or not. They argue that the foetus in the womb is not yet a person. The question 'When does life begin?' needs to be answered before we can even consider if abortion should ever be justified. Some people believe life begins at conception- this is the Christian view, others believe that life only begins when the child is viable and others believe that life only begins at birth; therefore killing a baby inside the womb is not killing a person.

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  19. Christianity And Transplantation

    "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God" you are not your own. "Corinthians 6:19" "Transplanting organs could also mean that doctors are "playing god" which is a great sin; the organs in an

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  20. abortion coursework

    The abortion law: Some people think abortion is always wrong, some think abortion is right if the mother's life is at risk, and others think there are certain circumstances when abortions are morally acceptable. Abortion has been legal in Britain since 1967, when The 1967 Abortion Act was approved, allowing abortions up to the 28 weeks. In 1974 119,000 legal abortions were carried out in England and Wales. By 1995 this figure had risen to 154,000. The Act was reviewed and changed in 1990, to The 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, allowing abortions up to 24 weeks.

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  21. what is meant by the word abortion

    Another reason women may chose to have an abortion is because they are unmarried and would not feel comfortable having a child with a man she is not legally married to as the man therefore has no long term commitment to the relationship with the woman. Women may also decide to abort their developing foetus if they think they are too young and having the child would affect their future, or because having the child would interfere with their present career.

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  22. Should cannabis be legalised

    Therefore, whether a person is young or old more people will experiment and consume this product. This point can be addressed with other drugs such as alcohol and cigarettes. With the rise of drug taking due to cannabis people will become dependant on it because it offers pleasurable experiences. In addition this would create an addiction problem in British society meaning that crime rates will soar and affect those around them. Furthermore, the use of soft drugs leads onto hard drugs meaning the effects of drugs which was once a problem psychologically is now one in which your body can't cope and can lead to the death of a person.

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  23. Religion courseowrk, sancity of human life, abortion and euthanasia

    Also the fifth commandment is, "You shall not kill", (Exodus 20:13) So it is clear from the bible that human beings are not meant to choose when it is they're supposed to die. "Life and death, poverty and wealth all come from God" (Ecclesiastes 11:15). God is our creator and is the giver of life and he alone will decide when we are to return to him. Each of the Christian churches has their own teachings about the sanctity of human life. The Catholic Church believes that the sanctity of human life is that it is unparalleled in holiness and that the premature taking of a human life is never justified.

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  24. Exploring why people appose abortion?

    And do younger age groups have more or less abortions? So my essay I hope to achieve answering these questions I could use different methods including Primary and secondary methods of research. My secondary research will include using the Internet. This method would be a good method but not all things on the Internet are true so I would have to make sure it is a reliable website. Another Secondary method I could use is books to find out information because books are normally reliable sources and are more reliable then the Internet.

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