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Jeremiah 1:5

Before I formed you I knew you; before you were born, I set you apart

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1980 CofE on abortion

In the light of our conviction that the foetus has the right to live and develop as a member of the human family, we see abortion, in the termination of that life by the act of a man, as a great moral evil

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1984 CofE on abortion+ life of the mother

The life of the foetus is not absolutely sacronanct if it endangers the life of the mother

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Pope Paul VI on abortion (Humanae Vitae)

You shall not kill by abortion the fruit of the womb. Human life is sacred. All men must recognise that fact.

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Catechism 2270

Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception

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Catechism 2272- abortion

Formal cooperation in an abortion constitues a grave moral offence

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Catechism 2283 on suicide and euthanasia

The Church prays for the persons who have taken their own lives

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Pope John Paul II on euthanasia

We must overcome this kind of silent and cruel selection which unjustly eliminates the weakest members of society

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Roman Williams

  • The former bishop of Canterbury
  • Sent a letter to the House of Lords
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Roman Williams of euthanasia

It is deeply misguided to propose a law by which it would be legal for terminally ill people to be killed or assisted in suicide by those caring for them. As a result, many who are dying would feel a burden to others. The right to die would become a duty to die.

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Matthew 7:12

Do onto others what you would have them do to you

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1 Corinthians 6:19

Do you know that your body is a Temple of the Holy Spiril, who is in you, whom you have received from God?

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Matthew 11:28

Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I shall give you your rest

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Genesis 1:26

God has a great plan for your life. God has created us in His image.

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RC Report 1987 on fertility treatments

  • Respect for Human Life and the Dignity of Procreation
  • "Loving sexual relationship between husband and wife is a proper place for conceiving children"
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Catechism 2376 on AID and Surrogacy

Betray spouses' rights to become a father and a mother only through each other

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Lord Habgood on IVF

  • Former Archbishop of York
  • "To be treated with respect essentially, but no different from the product of early miscarriages"
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CofE 1984

  • Surrogacy is never acceptable
  • Donations are
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Robin Williams on the use of embryos

  • "Downgrading of the ordinary processes of reproduction+ upbringing"
  • Concerned with how embryos are being used 'instrumentally'- for some other purpose than life+ then destroyed
  • Regrets the proposals on removing the need of the father in the process of fertility treatments
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Methodist Statement on the treatment of animals

  • 1980
  • Horrifying that milllions of animals are killed every year in lab experiements
  • Most of them are bred for these purposes
  • The outcome is valuable advance in human and veterinary medicine
  • Unnecessary experimention+ the use of animals when valid results could be secure from tissue cultures is to be condemned
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CofE: Responsibility for the Living Env

  • 1986
  • The fact that animals...
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  • Sympathetic to the use of animals in medical research
  • Less enthusiastic about their use in cosmetic products
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