Sikhs’ religious teaching is based on belief in the ‘divine spark’ and life beginning at conception. For Sikhs, the timing of birth and death is completely in the hands of God.
What is the main source of Sikh beliefs about abortion?
The Guru Granth Sahib
Are there any circumstances in which some Sikhs would support abortion?
If contraception failed
If there was a risk to the mother's health
There are no circumstances
What does "euthanasia" mean?
Deliberately killing someone
Making the dying suffer
Gentle and easy death
What is active euthanasia?
Active euthanasia is when treatment is removed enabling a person to die
Active euthanasia is when the dying person requests it
Active euthanasia is when someone deliberately does something to bring about death
What is a hospice?
Hospice is another name for a hospital
A hospice is where dying people go to be cared for until natural death
A hospice is where people go to receive euthanasia
Who do Sikhs believe determines when death occurs?
The individual Sikh
What type of euthanasia might be acceptable to Sikhs?
All types of euthanasia are equally morally justifiable
Euthanasia is not allowed at all
Passive euthanasia may be acceptable to many Sikhs, ie not artificially prolonging life
How are Sikhs encouraged to approach suffering?
They are encouraged to try and defeat it
They are encouraged to try and escape from it
They are encouraged to endure it on the understanding that suffering and joy occur in cycles
How do Sikhs demonstrate sewa to the dead and dying?
By supporting and working in local hospices
By campaigning to have euthanasia legalised in the UK
By bringing them food from the langar