The Study of Ethics Essay

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Examine and comment on the view that the religious and/or moral principles provide essential guidelines for medical ethics, with reference to the topic you have investigated.
The principle of sanctity of life should always be considered as first priority in medical ethics, especially in abortion – the topic which I have chosen to investigate – which deals with the life and death of the unborn child that, arguably God only has the right to end. The principle of sanctity of life is the idea that all human life is of equal intrinsic value, except in cases of legitimate defence of others’ lives is it always intrinsically wrong to take human life. This principle therefore defines abortion as an immoral act, because it is an act of destroying
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It usually takes 10-20 minutes to perform. If the woman is healthy and there are no complications that follow there may be discharged the same day.
None of the aforementioned methods appeal to me in general, being bought up a Catholic I generally believe that life starts at the moment of conception and therefore I believe abortion is wrong as it is a destruction of a human life. Abortion is a very sensitive issue and remains one of the most disputed controversial topics which have had many diverse responses. The TV show 23 week Babies: The Price for Life presented statistics of an alarming nature, according to the show, 9 in 100 babies survive after being aborted, and only 1 in 9 of them grow and develop without any disability, the show raises the difficult question ‘it is always right to keep them alive?’
The principle of sanctity of life is that life is sacred from conception. Within medical ethics, this principle would have to be considered when making morally right judgments. Abortion is a matter of life and death especially for early stages of pregnancy as premature babies have a low survival rate, St Thomas Aquinas, came up with natural moral law, which primarily principle id to preserve and protect life, when the decision to abort the child is made we must consider the consequences that follow aborting such an undeveloped fragile baby. They must be embedded in Special Care Unit Cotts that are
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