When does life begin? Christians believe life is very special and have differing attitudes on issues such as abortion, euthanasia and organ donation.
What is an abortion?
The live birth of a baby
The deliberate prevention of conception
The removal of the foetus before it can survive on its own
What is adoption?
An individual or a couple become a child’s legal parent(s)
A family friend of the mother looks after a child for a while
A relative of the mother looks after a child for a while
What does it mean when Christians say that life is sacred?
God made each life special so it belongs to God alone
People have the freedom to do what they want with their life
Human life has no more value than any other animal
What is meant by a 'pro-life' approach to abortion?
The woman can make her own decisions about what happens to her body
Only people who are able to support a child should have one
It is an anti-abortion approach and everything must be done to ensure life can continue
How might the 'principle of double effect' convince someone who is anti-abortion to condone an abortion in certain circumstances?
If the procedure is to save the life of the mother and an abortion is an unintended consequence
Nothing will make someone who is anti-abortion condone an abortion
If the woman is expecting twins
What does 'euthanasia' mean?
Deliberately killing someone
Making the dying suffer
Gentle and easy death
What is a hospice?
Another name for a hospital
Where dying people go to be cared for until natural death
Where people go to receive euthanasia
What does the Roman Catholic Church say about euthanasia?
It can be used if a person is in extreme pain
It is the individual's free choice
It is morally unacceptable in all circumstances
Why might some Christians support the use of euthanasia?
Jesus's suffering on the cross was unbearable and no one should have to endure such suffering
It could be seen as an act of compassion
It is one of the Ten Commandments
Which of the Ten Commandments might lead Christians to oppose both abortion and euthanasia?
You shall not kill
You shall not steal
You shall not commit adultery