The Value Of Human Life

.. xual education courses that deny a moral code and encourage a hedonistic lifestyle. Abortion is presented as a back-up to contraceptive failure in this do your own thing lifestyle. It was thought that legal abortions would do away with illegal dangerous ones but, it turns out that they have increased rather than decreased. Throughout this booklet, it is displayed that abortion has brought about a cheapening of human life.

This disrespect for the unborn has brought about two other impacts on society. The first is infanticide, the killing of a newborn by active or passive means because he is considered to have a life not worth living. What started out as a womans right became a selfish, yet legal, right to a dead baby. As much as a woman has the right to a dead baby, does she not have the right to a dead baby outside the womb as well as inside the womb? Apparently she does. This does not show any regard for human life. Medical journals published in the United States carry clear indications that doctors are practicing infanticide, and yet the law hasturned its back. Infanticide in reality is homicide. Infanticide is the killing of innocent human beings. The second effect is the practice of euthanasia or so-called mercy killing.

We Will Write a Custom Essay Specifically
For You For Only $13.90/page!


order now

This is the termination of a life of a dependent individual allegedly for his own benefit. Clearly, the old, sick and dying, that have no use in society, do not have any human rights either. When doctors are willing to become social executioners for millions of babies, someone must examine the mothers motives used for justifying her actions. Reasons given include: preserving the life of the mother (neglect for right to life of an unborn child), expectation of a defective child (disrespect for natural selection, or playing God), rape and incest. Even if these were valid reasons, they would account for only 3% of all abortions. Abortion mainly occurs for matters of convenience and economy.

Having a child is a huge responsibility and if individuals cannot handle sex and its aftereffects responsibly and with a mature attitude they should not being doing it. This particularly takes on a strictly Catholic view. The Popes (Paul II) argument against abortion is extremely religious. He uses exerts from the Bible, other religious documents and he quotes many clergymen and priests to help defend his position. He explains how society must follow the ten commandments to live a good life and have eternal life. Jesus replied, If you would enter life, keep the commandments (Matthew 19:17).

The first of these ten commandments is You shall not kill. On the contrary, individuals should love respect and promote life as stated in The Gospel of Life by Paul II. In order to do this, one must carry out Gods plan of procreation with love and intentions to multiply. By having an abortion or murdering the young, one is doing the exact opposite. Not only are they killing an innocent human being, but they are killing a child of God. Also, man is not the final judge in matters such as life and death, he is only a minister of Gods plan as explained in Humanae Vitae by Paul VI. Paul II goes on to explain how human life is sacred and inviolable.

Life is sacred because it is a gift from God and man was created in the image of God. God overlooks our lives from birth to death, and no one else has the right to destroy an innocent human being, especially one as innocent as an unborn child. Man is suppose to be the defender of the innocent, not the destroyer. He explains how the man who kills the innocent is one who has been deceived by the Devil, because only Satan delights in the death of the living. You shall not kill represents the extreme limit which cannot be exceeded. It is meant to encourage man to see life with respect and lead to the promotion of life with love. Along with the teaching that one shall not kill another, is this, as stated in the Didache, the most ancient non-biblical Christian writing: you shall not put a child to death by abortion nor kill it once it is born ..

The way of death is this: .. they kill their children and by abortion cause Gods creatures to parish .. they are filled with sin. As time goes on, the Church will continue to teach the undeniable value on the first commandment. Even in the first centuries, murder was considered one of the three most serious sins. This should not come as a surprise. To kill something that was created by, and in the image of, God should be considered a serious sin.

The most important case involving the first commandment of You shall not kill is when it refers to innocent human beings. This is especially so when it refers to defenseless, weak, human beings such as an unborn child or infant. The taking of an innocent life, especially at its beginning or end, is gravely immoral. This direct and voluntary action will always be regarded as morally evil and can never be considered as necessary, either as an end, or as means to a good end. Nothing and no none can in any way permit the killing of an innocent human being, whether a fetus or an embryo, and infant of an adult .. no one is permitted to ask for this act of killing, either for him/herself or for another person entrusted to his or her care .. Nor can any authority legitimately recommend or permit such an action (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith).

Every innocent human being has a right to life. Every man, woman and child is a person worth protecting, not just an object to be used. Of all crimes possible, abortion and infanticide are defined as unspeakable crimes by the Second Vatican Council. When such crimes are accepted by much of the population and permitted by lawmaking bodies, it is a dangerous sign that the moral line between good and evil is getting obscured. This is especially dangerous because the right to life is at stake.

The decision to have an abortion is often painful and tragic to the mother. Not only is she ridding herself of the fruit of life, but a part of herself, too. Much like the reasons mentioned before, Paul II restates in The Gospel of Life that reasons however serious and tragic, can never justify the deliberate killing of an innocent human being. This decision is, in the end, completely up to the mother. But she may be influenced by many others on the way. The father of the child, either by coercing her or by leaving her alone, can lead her to such a decision.

There are rare cases where the male would like to be put in charge and offers to take complete responsibility for the child. The family and friends of the mother may also have a grave influence upon her decision. These people are not the only ones to blame, legislation allows abortion, foundations encourage the legalization of abortion, and those who promote sexual behaviors in those who cannot care for a child can all be held responsible. Paul II has different thoughts, No circumstance, no purpose, no law whatsoever can ever make licit an act which is intrinsically illicit, since it is contrary to the Law of God which is written in every heart, knowable by reason itself, and proclaimed by the Church. No simple act of man can repeal the fact that only God endows life, by giving the fully formed body and breath, and only God should be able to take life away.

People today, despite freedom of speech cannot think or talk for themselves. Our country, which has prided itself on its lack of discrimination on any grounds has succumbed to discrimination against the unborn because they cannot speak for themselves, against the newly born because they are not seen as individuals with rights. They are people too. Abortion and murder take away the potential for life and they show the ignorance of society today, they show that murder is acceptable to rid the world of so-called unvaluable lives. Social Issues.