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Sanctity of life

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Sanctity of life Life is sacred because it is God given
Pro-Choice Slogan used for the view that women should have the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion.
Pro-Life Slogan used for the view that supports the right to life of the foetus.
Respect for life Treating life as having value.
Viable The point at which a foetus could survive if it were to be born.
Zygote A newly fertilised egg.
Abortion The deliberate termination (ending) of a pregnancy, usually before the foetus is 24 weeks old.
Embryo Fertilised ovum at about 12- 14 days when implanted into the wall of the womb.
Foetus Fertilised ovum from 8 weeks
Non voluntary euthanasia When a patient's life is ended because it is felt that to keep them alive is to make them suffer, but the patient is incapable of giving consent to the decision (eg. he/she is in a coma)
Passive euthanasia Allowing a terminally or incurably ill person to die by withdrawing or withholding medical treatment that would only prolong their suffering and have no real benefit.
Quality of life A measure of fulfilment
Self- determination Refers to the right to make decisions for oneself in life. It is an argument used by those who agree with voluntary euthanasia.
Active euthanasia The ending of a life by a deliberate action such as by giving a patient a fatal injection.
Voluntary euthanasia When a terminally ill person asks a doctor or a friend to help them die peacefully and with dignity. It can be called a 'mercy killing' or 'assisted suicide'.
Created by: All Saints
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