Sanctity of life

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Contraception

Contraception is a deliberate method to prevent pregnancy.

Some Christians see artificial and permanent methods of contraception as interference with God's plan.

Many Christians believe using contraception is a sensible, practical and responsible way to deal with the question of having children.

Others, in particular Roman Catholics believe the use of contraceptives is wrong as it goes against the teachings of the church and God's plans.

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Quotes on family roles

  • "There is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, for you are all one in Jesus Christ" - St Paul. Men and women are equal.

 

  • "The husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church" - St Paul. Men are more important.

 

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Termination/abortion

Abortion is the ending of a pregnancy before a baby is born. It is usually ending a pregnancy deliberately but it can sometimes be because of a miscarriage.

Reasons for termination:

  • Underage
  • Have a hereditory/genetic disease (parkinsons etc.)
  • Mother has an illness (cancer/diabetes etc.)
  • Mother was *****/abused
  • Mother was in an accident
  • Mother has a mental illness
  • Unstable relationship/job/home

The only time the Catholic and Orthodox church accept an abortion/termination is when the woman's life is at risk.

In the UK there are approximately 190,000 terminations each year!

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Quotes against Termination

  • "So God created man in his own image" - Genesis 1:27.

 

  • "You shall not murder" - Exodus 20:13 (10 commandments)

 

  • "Life is a gift from God"
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Pro-life/Pro-choice groups

Pro-life groups are anti-abortion. They argue life is human life at the point of conception. They say abortion should not be allowed. However if the mother's life is at risk or if it is a result of **** they allow it.

 

Pro-choice groups support abortion. They argue that human life does not begin until much later in the pregnancy or during birth. They believe that the mother should have full control over her own body.

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Fertility treatment

Three types of fertility treatment:

  • AIH - Artificial Inseminisation by Husband.
  • AID - Artificial Inseminisation by Donor.
  • IVF - In Vitro Fertilisation.

It is for people who cannot concieve naturally.

It is not usually available on the NHS.

It is very expensive.

It is very stressful for couples.

It is not always sucessful.

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Roman Catholics beliefs on Fertility treatment

It is wrong, it interferes with God's plan and nature.

If a couple cannot concieve naturally they may say it is because God does not want them to be parents.

Use of donor sperm and eggs is seen as adultery.

They do not like Fertility treatment being available for people who are not married, who are homosexuals or past the age for child bearing. This is because they see it as not being the way God intended for things to happen.

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Christian beliefs about Fertility treatment

They have different views on different types of fertility treatment.

Some believe, using hormone treatments or IVF to give a married couple the opportunity to have children is a good idea. - The egg and sperm must come from the couple.

They think it is a good idea because it brings new life into the world and brings happiness to people who want to be parents.

They believe ALL life is sacred and decisions should be respected when it comes to the beginnings of a new human life.

"Be fruitful and increase in number" - Genesis.

Some think; IVF is unacceptable because many embryos are created in the labatory but only the best are used so lots are wasted or 'disposed of'.

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For and Against IVF

For IVF treatment:

  • Gives people the chance to be parents
  • "Treat others as you wish to be treated"
  • "Love thy neighbour"
  • "Go forth and multiply"

Against IVF treatment:

  • Very expensive
  • Sucess rate is low
  • "Thou shall not kill"
  • "Thou shall not commit adultery"
  • "A time to be born and a time to die"
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Designer babies/Saviour siblings

These are created by IVF with genetic material to make it a match for another sibling.

They are created to save another childs' life.

They are engineered which is considered wrong.

Morally and ethically religious people say it's wrong.

Child should be born for their own sake and loved for who they are.

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Animals in medical research

The Roman Catholic church think that medical research on animals can be justified.

Quakers think that it is wrong. They consider it as cruelty as they believe animals have souls.

There are two types of ideas that people follow:

  • dominion - people are allowed to control and dominate animals and therefore treat them as they wish.
  • stewardship - it is people's duty to be caretakers for God. This means it is their responsibility to look after animals.
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Animals in medical research

The Roman Catholic church think that medical research on animals can be justified.

Quakers think that it is wrong. They consider it as cruelty as they believe animals have souls.

There are two types of ideas that people follow:

  • dominion - people are allowed to control and dominate animals and therefore treat them as they wish.
  • stewardship - it is people's duty to be caretakers for God. This means it is their responsibility to look after animals.
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Animals in medical research

The Roman Catholic church think that medical research on animals can be justified.

Quakers think that it is wrong. They consider it as cruelty as they believe animals have souls.

There are two types of ideas that people follow:

  • dominion - people are allowed to control and dominate animals and therefore treat them as they wish.
  • stewardship - it is people's duty to be caretakers for God. This means it is their responsibility to look after animals.
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Euthanasia

There are many types of euthanasia:

  • Passive - this is legal in some countries. It is when the patient has an overdose of drugs, you let them go in a passive way. For example, turning off their life support.
  • Voluntary - patient asks for it.
  • Active - doctors will give a painkilling drug knowing it will kill the patient.
  • Compulsary - it has to be performed due to a specific illness or the patient is of a certain age. This is not legal.
  • Involuntary - dying person is incapable of making the decision for themselves.
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Euthanasia

There are many types of euthanasia:

  • Passive - this is legal in some countries. It is when the patient has an overdose of drugs, you let them go in a passive way. For example, turning off their life support.
  • Voluntary - patient asks for it.
  • Active - doctors will give a painkilling drug knowing it will kill the patient.
  • Compulsary - it has to be performed due to a specific illness or the patient is of a certain age. This is not legal.
  • Involuntary - dying person is incapable of making the decision for themselves.
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Euthanasia

There are many types of euthanasia:

  • Passive - this is legal in some countries. It is when the patient has an overdose of drugs, you let them go in a passive way. For example, turning off their life support.
  • Voluntary - patient asks for it.
  • Active - doctors will give a painkilling drug knowing it will kill the patient.
  • Compulsary - it has to be performed due to a specific illness or the patient is of a certain age. This is not legal.
  • Involuntary - dying person is incapable of making the decision for themselves.
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Euthanasia

There are many types of euthanasia:

  • Passive - this is legal in some countries. It is when the patient has an overdose of drugs, you let them go in a passive way. For example, turning off their life support.
  • Voluntary - patient asks for it.
  • Active - doctors will give a painkilling drug knowing it will kill the patient.
  • Compulsary - it has to be performed due to a specific illness or the patient is of a certain age. This is not legal.
  • Involuntary - dying person is incapable of making the decision for themselves.
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