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Euthanasia = bringing about an early and painless death (literally translates to "a good death")

Voluntary Euthanasia = ending life painlessly for someone in great pain, when they request death

Non Voluntary Euthanasia = ending a persons life painlessly in their best interests, when they cannot ask EG: being in a coma, brain dead etc

Passive Euthansia = Just taking away a medicine, or stopping doing something that will eventually cause death

Active Euthanasia = Actually giving a patient something that will bring about a painless death

Immortality if the Soul = the idea that the soul lives on after the body has died

Paranormal = unexplained things which are thought to have spiritual/ magical cause, EG ghosts and spirits

Near Death Experience = when someone about to die (flatline) had an "out of body experience", people have claimed to see dead relatives and a bright white light

Abortion = the removal of a feotus before it can survive outside of the womb

Sanctity of Life = the belief that life is holy and comes from God

Resurrection = when after death, the body stays in the grave until the end of the world, when it is raised

Assisted Suicide = helping a seriously ill person to commit suicide

Quality of Life = the idea that life must feel like it is worth living



The 1990 Abortion Act - states that no abortion can take place after 24 weeks into the pregnancy.

The 1967 Abortion Act - states that TWO DOCTORS must agree that either: there is a risk to the mother's life / the wellbeing of an existing child will be put at risk by the arrival of a new one / the mother's physical or mental health will be at risk (which most preganant women plead, because no one can prove that by having the child, she wouldnt be mentally damaged) / or that there is a substantial risk that the child will be seriously handicapped.

Roman Catholics and Evangelics are striclty AGAINST abortion. They believe that God gave life, THE SANCTITY OF LIFE and so God, and only God, has the right to take it away. Also, they believe that aboriton is…


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