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Abortion And Euthanasia. How Different Religions View Such Practices

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An abortion is when a foetus is expelled from its mother's uterus before the pregnancy reaches full term (40 weeks). Abortion is usually carried out when the mother does not wish to have the baby for reasons such as being too young or having a career. It may also be carried out if the baby has serious health problems or its birth will endanger the mother's life.For every five babies born in Australia there are another two that are aborted. In 1990, almost half of all teenage pregnancies ended in abortion. To the Christian churches this is considered to be, sacrilege and people who participate in abortion are 'evil, selfish, demonic people who do not deserve to breathe God's air'.Christians ...view middle of the document...

The Salvation army also believes that life is sacred from the moment of conception, but it does accept that abortion should happen in a very few cases, such as where the mother's life is in danger of the baby is so severely abnormal that it cannot possibly survive for more than a few days.The United Reformed Church recognises that there is a wide range of views among its members, but it suggests that there is a difference between a foetus that is almost ready to be born, and the early stages of pregnancy. A foetus of a few weeks would not be referred to as a child and they accept the fact that abortion is sometime necessary.Latter day Saints believe, according to the Encyclopedia of Mormonsim, that elective abortion is sinful, though not necessarily murder. A Latter day Saint can not have an abortion performed except in cases of rape, incest, the life of the mother is in danger, or a severely defective foetus that cannot survive birth.Hinduism teaches that abortion, like any other act of violence, thwarts a soul in its progress toward God. Hindu Scriptures and traditions have from the earliest of times condemned the practice of abortion, except when the life of the mother is in danger. Hinduism teaches that the foetus is a living, conscious person needing and deserving protection. Hindu refers to abortion as garha-batta (womb killing) and bhroona hathya (killing the undeveloped soul).Islam prohibits abortion except when the mother's life is in danger. The Islamic council of NSW supports this view. Muslims consider a fertilised ovum that is attached to the womb a living being that has the potential of reaching its full formation. A developed foetus is considered a human life and its subject to the laws of inheritance to the extent that if the mother is sentenced to capital punishment, her life should be preserved because she is carrying another human life.Euthanasia is defined as the act of ending someone's life in order to relieve incurable suffering. It is not just about killing, but also about deciding when enough is enough; sometimes it is kinder to not do everything possible to prolong life.Euthanasia...

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