All Human Life Is Sacred Essay

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All Human life is sacred: Is there any place for euthanasia and abortion within Christianity or Buddhism? All human life is sacred, and therefore the topics of euthanasia and abortion are both controversial issues that are commonly discussed around the world today. As such they are talked about very carefully and it is safe to assume that different people and different religions will hold different views on these very controversial issues. I hope to discuss the views of the different religions on these subjects and compare the views of the two religions.Abortion: "Premature expulsion of the foetus from the womb either done by operation or by medication" The definition is self explanatory, as the views go they are quite different and varied. Most sects of Christianity are against the concept of abortion; the only groups who are in favour of it are some humanitarian sects. The catholic truth society is strongly against the idea of abortion: 'We have been created by the almighty God in his own image and likeness. No pregnancy is unplanned because no baby can be conceived unless almighty God intends that conception and has willed that particular unique and completely individual new person into existence. What has actually happened in our society is that clever arguments has convinced those with no anchor of belief in God to cling to, that merciless slaughter of unborn babies is morally unjustifiable, and even essential for the happiness of the individual and good of the society' The catholic trust believes that any baby is due to the will of god and therefore is completely unacceptable to kill that baby, ethically and morally wrong.Life Campaign activist believe that: 'Since human life begin at conception i.e. fertilisation, and since all human life should be equally protected by the law from conception to natural death, whether or not human being concerned is wanted or handicapped it follows that destruction of unborn life is always wrong.' This is the view of the National Abortion Campaign: 'The decision to terminate pregnancy is so important that it can only be made by the person most involved- the women. Women must always have a choice and never have the decision forced upon them. Free abortion facilities should on the NHS for every woman who needs them. We believe that the right of women to control their own fertility is a fundamental human right. Women will not be able to take a full and equal part in the society when we can all decide for ourselves whether and when to have children.' Humanists believe that there will always be a certain amount of unplanned pregnancies and that the decision should always rest on the mother who has to be pregnant. Buddhists believe that new life begins at conception, so abortion would be going against the first precept. As with most Buddhist rules, there are no absolute yes...

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