Topic 7 Religion and Medical Ethics [pic]
Medical ethics is concerned about issues of right and wrong which arise in the context of health.
Many religious people have strong opinions about this because of the Sanctity of life. They believe that all life is sacred and a gift from God.
There are parts of the Bible that shows life is known by God even before we know it.
‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…’
• Abortions can take place up to 24 weeks for social reasons; unable to care for the child financially, physically or mentally unable to have a child as well as the mother or the foetus’ life is at risk.
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For this reason Catholics suggest adoption.
• Protestants believe that life is a gift from God and that everyone should have the chance to have a child. ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
• Means a quiet and peaceful death,
• Active euthanasia/Voluntary (giving someone a lethal injection) is illegal in the UK.
• Passive Euthanasia is allowing someone to die. Giving them pain relief but not trying to cure them. This is legal in the UK.
• Involuntary euthanasia-this is when someone is in a coma or on life support and will not recover so relatives are given the option to turn off the machines.
• Double effect-this can be pain relief that can speed up death.
• Catholics believe Euthanasia is wrong because it is murder. They also believe only God can give life and only God can take it away.
• Some Christians believe that suffering can be part of a test in faith, others thinks it helps them to empathise with the suffering of Jesus.
• In the Bible it says ‘God gives life and God takes life away’ as well as ‘Do not murder.’
• Other Christians believe that Euthanasia is the most loving thing to do. ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’
• This is when someone deliberately ends their life.
• In the past this was treated as a crime and if you...