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Religion and Medical Ethics - Christianity

Keywords
Abortion ­ Deliberate termination of pregnancy by removal
and destruction of the foetus.
Euthanasia ­ When someone is helped to die without pain
before they would die naturally ­ Voluntary, involuntary
and passive euthanasia
Cloning ­ An individual organism or cell produced asexually…

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euthanasia. Also if God creates life then genetic engineering and cloning could
be seen as `playing God' and interfering with life.

ABORTION
This is the deliberate termination of a pregnancy by the removal of a foetus.
This is a medical procedure.

When it comes to abortion, Christians base their views…

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The Relativist Christian is not a supporter of abortion but they believe
in compassion and the woman's right to choose. For this reason they will
support abortion under certain circumstances e.g. rape or the mother is
too young or her life is at risk.
There are also 2 groups called…

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Examples of Fertility treatment
In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) ­ test tube baby
Donor sperm or eggs
Drug treatment to stimulate the ovaries
Surrogacy

In certain circumstances, some Christians might agree that treatment is
acceptable ­ for example, if sperm from the husband is used. However, if
there is a donor…

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Fertility treatment is playing God as the Sanctity of Life says that only
God creates life.

EUTHANASIA
This means `a dignified death' and it is killing a patient with incurable illness
who cannot kill themselves. It is illegal in most countries.
Beliefs that Christians have about life are important not…

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Anglican Church agree that life is precious but people should not be
forced to live in great pain. The ill and elderly should be made to feel
valuable and wanted so that they do not choose this option.
Quakers are divided on euthanasia as some make `living wills' requesting
death…

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Quakers believe that everything in life offers new opportunities, and a person
should learn from whatever happens to them, rather than seek the end of their
life.

Suicide
Christians would show compassion as they realise the person is
depressed, mentally ill or needs help.
The Samaritans is a Christian group…

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Medical procedures such as heart surgery tried first on animals
Vaccines have been developed which have saved thousands of lives.

But the argument against using animals in medical research is that
Some Christians believe that we have Stewardship over animals and so
we should look after them and not experiment…

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Alicia

thanks, so helpfull! 

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