Medical Ethics B603

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  • Medical Ethics
    • Abortion
      • Against the sanctity of life
      • All babies have a soul from the moment of conception
        • "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you" Jeremiah 1:5.
      • RC & COE say its a great moral evil
        • "From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God." Psalm 22.
      • RC do not permit abortion at all
        • Unless it was unintended during operation to save the Mother's life
      • COE say its only acceptable if it saves the Mother's life, result of ****, or if the child will be severely disabled
    • Applying moral values to medical situations
    • Fertility Treatment
      • Medical treatment given to people who want babies but cannot have them
        • "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb." Psalm 139
      • RC say infertility must be part of God's plan
      • Some Christians believe help should be given to those who want a family
        • Some say its wrong to use sperm or eggs from a donor because it brings a 3rd person into a marriage
      • IVF
        • In Vitro Fertilisation
          • "In Glass"
          • Eggs and sperm put together in a test tube
            • If embryos develop, they're placed into the woman's uterus.
      • Using embryos for medical research
        • Prevent and cure illnesses
        • RC oppose it
        • Anglicans support it up to 14 days.
        • Some agree as something good comes out of an abortion
        • Some disagree because the embryo is not in a position to give consent
          • Cloning
            • "Playing God"
            • Develop characteristics
            • Prevent life threatening diseases


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