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Sanctity of life
This is the idea that life is sacred or special. is an idea that many people would agree with. It is also partly
supported by the law in the country. For example it is illegal to take the life of another human being, either
deliberately or accidentally. However why is life considered to be so special?
1. The Bible teaches Christians that human life is special because man is made in the image of God.…read more

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Some Christians are against abortion because:
1. There are teachings in the Bible on life being special.. This means that abortion is wrong because it is not
making life special and it is breaking one of the 10 Commandments not to kill ("Do not commit murder"
Exodus 20:13).
2. The Roman Catholic documents Humanae Vitae that abortion is wrong because it is killing human lives. This
is based on the idea that from the moment of conception the embryo is human.
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The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England at that time was Basil Hume. He wrote a letter to the
Independent newspaper that said destroying the embryos shows how immoral (bad) people have become. However
the Roman Catholic campaign failed and on the 2nd August 1996 33 clinics began to destroy the surplus embryos.
Exam question
Describe Christian teachings about the sanctity of life in relation to either abortion or IVF. (8).
Surrogacy and womb leasing
Surrogacy is where "a women...…read more

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Non-Voluntary This does not involve any actions. It simply refers to the removing all treatment that
euthanasia allows the patient to die.
Direct euthanasia This involves the ill persons death occurring as a side effect of treatment, such as the
use of too high a quantity of morphine to kill the patient's pain.
Indirect euthanasia This involves the use of something to cause death. To cause the persons death is the
direct intention of the treatment.…read more

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However some Christians support euthanasia because:
1. Some of those who are incurably ill should be allowed to (or helped to) die if they are only being kept alive by
lots of medical treatment.
2. A person who has an incurable or upsetting illness should be allowed to die in order to end their suffering. It is
only fair, since no other creature would be made to live if they were suffering.…read more


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