The Right to Life


RS ethics for AQA first unit key terms
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sanctity of life life is sacred because it is God-given
abortion deliberate termination of a pregnancy, usually before the foetus is 24 weeks old
When does life begin? (Methodist Church) foetus does not lack human significance. It gains rights progressively.
Pro-choice the view that women should have a choice as to whether or not to have an abortion
Pro-life the view that supports the right to life of the foetus
Euthanasia inducing a painless death, with compassion to ease suffering - mercy killing
Quality of life A measure of fulfilment
Voluntary Euthanasia when a terminally ill person asks to be helped dying peacefully with dignity
Active Euthanasia the ending of a life by a deliberate action such as a lethal injection
Passive Euthanasia allowing a terminally ill person to die by withdrawing medical treatment that could prolong their life
Self-determination the right to make decisions for oneself in life. Agrees with voluntary euthanasia
Hospices special places to which people go, to die with dignity
Tony Bland severely brain damaged after 1989 hillsborough disaster. Passive Euthanasia allowed him to pass away in a coma.
Diane Pretty had motor neurone disease and wanted to die once she lost the bility to communicate with her family, sought euthanasia through legal means, case lost and she died in a hospice (2002)
Every human being has a right to life BQ 'You shall not murder' (Exodus 20:13)
human life is sacred BQ 'You yourselves are God's temple ... if anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him' (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)
Human life is created from the moment of conception BQ 'For you created my inmost being: you knit me together in my mother's womb ... your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for mr were written in you book before one of them came to be me' (psalms 139:13, 16)
Life starts before birth BQ 'Before I was born the Lord called me' (Isiah 49:1) "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart' (jeremiah 1:5)
A foetus is as valuable as any human life BQ 'If men who are fighting hit a pregnant women and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman's husband demands and the court allow, but if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life.' (Exodus 21:22-23)
The Quickening BQ 'The lord formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being (Genesis 2:7)
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