Christians' Outlooks on Abortion and Euthanasia

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Christians' Outlooks on Abortion and Euthanasia

Most Christians would respond very negatively when faced with the

issue of abortion. Most Christians believe in the commandment "Thou

shall not kill" and as they believe that God is the creator of all

human life, they believe that only God can take life. In the Bible

Jeremiah shows how God has mapped out our lives:

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I

set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."

As God may have plans for this infant, he should not be destroyed as a

foetus. The Roman Catholic Church believes that life begins at the

moment of conception and that everyone has the right to life. A foetus

is a person and abortion destroys its right to life and is therefore


Other Christians like Anglicans believe that abortion may be permitted

in certain circumstances if it is the lesser of two evils and so it is

discouraged but not completely banned. Some Christians see abortion as

acceptable if a woman becomes pregnant as a result of being raped.

Carrying the baby, giving birth and rearing the baby could be constant

reminders of the trauma the mother had been through and so abortion

could be seen as the lesser of two evils. Another similar circumstance

could be if the foetus is deformed or severely handicapped. Some

Christians could justify the abortion on the grounds that it is unfair

to bring a severely handicapped infant into life if its quality of

life is going to be very poor. However other Christians argue that

no-one knows the potential of this foetus irrespective of the medical

opinion regarding the handicap. At any rate...

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...ring and the suffering of the

family watching a loved one suffer. Others feel that everyone should

be allowed to die with dignity before they become too ill to look

after themselves. Others claim that Christ showed compassion to the

sick and dying and that voluntary euthanasia is compassionate. Christ

taught people "to love their neighbour as themselves" and some feel

that helping the terminally ill or someone with a poor quality of life

is showing love.

Nevertheless, most Christians believe that caring for life is more in

keeping with their Christian principles than destroying it so they

would respond negatively when faced with either abortion or euthanasia

and show love to the less fortunate be it an infant in the womb or a

terminally ill person. Most Christians believe in the

commandment-"Thou shall not kill."
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