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The Right To Life
Abortion
Legal grounds for abortion

Up to 24 weeks
Risk to physical health of woman
Risk to mental health
Risk to health of existing children

Up to term
Probability of grave injury to woman's physical and mental health
Risk to life of woman…

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When does life begin?
At conception
-Roman Catholic's and many Protestants take this pro-life view
-Conception is a new person with potential
At birth
-The pro-choice view
-Independent life starts at birth, as the foetus is dependant on the
mother.
Viability
-The view taken by the law…

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Not for humans to pass judgement on quality of life for a
disabled foetus.
Wrong to punish a child for father's sin in case of rape. Good
coming out of evil.
Unwanted child can be adopted ­ brings joy to infertile
couples
Practical and emotion support given…

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Voluntary euthanasia ­ request by person for doctor to end life of intolerable
suffering.

Non-voluntary euthanasia ­ person is unable to make a decision (e.g. in a
coma) Euthanasia is thought to be in that person's best interests.

Involuntary euthanasia ­ person is put to death without…

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The hospice movement
Place of rest for the terminally ill
Based on belief all people have right to be given the best possible care
and to die with dignity
Palliative care to enable quality of life right until death
Counselling for patient and family

Views of most…

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The Use of Medical Technology

Methods of treatment
AIH: (artificial insemination by husband)
-The husband's sperm is collected and inserted into the woman's vagina.
Fertilisation occurs naturally.
AID: (artificial insemination by donor)
-Same process but donors donate sperm
IVF (in-vitro fertilisation)
-increases number of eggs that ripen…

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Genetic Engineering
Human genetic engineering is permitted for two types of gene therapy:
somatic cell therapy and the creation of saviour siblings.

Somatic cell therapy
Adds, enhances or replaces a defective gene.

Christian attitudes to somatic cell therapy

For Against
Roman Catholics regard it as morally Some…

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