Religion and Medical Ethics

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Legal: 24th week of pregnancy

For: a woman has a right to choose, foetus is 'part' of her, mother's/child's health is at risk, **** pregnancy or mother is too young

Against: the foetus is genetically different, taking of a life

Faith: abortion is undesirable, allowing a woman to choose is Christian compassion

RC: life begins at conception, abortion is murder

CoE: acceptable in certain circumstances

Quakers: woman's life in more valuable than child's

Sanctity of Life: image of God, gift of life, no right to interfere with life/death

Fertility treatment

- Artificial Insemination by Husband (AIH)

- Artificial Insemination by Donor (AID)

- In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)

- Egg donation

Faith: allows science to help couples, process doesn't involve anyone else, children are blessings from God

AIH is permissible, sanctity of marriage isn't interfered with

RC: aren't keen, sperm comes from 'unnatural sex act', opposed to IVF, embryos have rights

If AIH fails, a couple should…


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