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God is Good; Life is Good
Transcript of God is Good; Life is Good
Issue #1 - Abortion
What are different reasons that women opt for abortion?
How did abortion come about... Legally?
Roe v. Wade (1973)
Embryonic Stem Cell Research
What did we learn from Mother Teresa?
God is Good; Life is Good
Respect for Life
And God is....?
God created the world...
Verse 4 - And God saw that the light was good
Verse 9 - And God saw that it was good
Verse 12 - And God saw that it was good
Verse 18 - And God saw that it was good
Verse 22 - And God saw that it was good
Verse 25 - And God saw that it was good
Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”
So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed,
it was very good
So, what do we take from this?
1. God is good
2. God made man in his image & likeness
3. Man is good
4. Man's life has dignity and worth
5. Since man's dignity and worth come from God, it cannot be taken away and lasts throughout his life
Inherent and Inalienable
1. We should learn to see the image of God in all people and reverence their dignity
2. We should try and do everything, even small things, with great love.
3. We should never forget the individuals -- individuals matter!
Life Issues in this Unit
Stem Cell Research
Abortion is a psychologically complex by morally simple problem.
When do Abortions happen?
Abortions occur at the following gestational times:
23% in the first 6 weeks - 301,300 annually
34.5% in the seventh or eighth week – 451,950 annually
19.5% in the ninth or tenth week – 255,450 annually
10% in the eleventh or twelfth week – 131,000 annually
6.0% in the thirteenth through fifteenth weeks – 78,600 annually
4.5% in the sixteenth through twentieth weeks – 58,950 annually
1.5% at twenty-one weeks or more – 19,650 annually
If the conceived clump of cells in the woman is human then it is wrong to kill him/her
What does science show us?
1. All DNA is present
2. Only humans produce humans
3. Growing from the moment of conception
4. Child is distinct from the mother
... there is no morally significant difference between the embryo you once were and the adult you are today. Differences of size, level of development, environment, and degree of dependency are not sufficient reasons to kill an innocent person.
Consistent Life Ethic
All of the life issues relate to one another because they all stem from the dignity of the human person. We can't pick and choose life-issues but we must have a
consistent life ethic
"From Womb to Tomb"
Supreme Court upheld a woman’s right to privacy includes her decisions to abort her unborn child.
"Jane Roe" = Norma McCorvey
Originally, Roe v Wade ruled all laws unconstitutional that banned abortions up until the third trimester. After later rulings, it now stands that a woman may procure an abortion until the age of viability, i.e., until the baby can reasonably survive on its own outside of the womb with reasonable artificial life support (24 to 28 weeks).
How did abortion come about... Culturally?
Breakdown of the Family
Freedom and Individual Happiness as Highest Values
Role of Woman is Under Appreciated
Norma Mccorvey now
"I was sitting in O.R.'s offices when I noticed a fetal development poster. The progression was so obvious, the eyes were so sweet. It hurt my heart, just looking at them. I ran outside and finally, it dawned on me. 'Norma', I said to myself, 'They're right'. I had worked with pregnant women for years. I had been through three pregnancies and deliveries myself. I should have known. Yet something in that poster made me lose my breath. I kept seeing the picture of that tiny, 10-week-old embryo, and I said to myself, that's a baby! It's as if blinders just fell off my eyes and I suddenly understood the truth — that's a baby!
I felt crushed under the truth of this realization. I had to face up to the awful reality. Abortion wasn't about 'products of conception'. It wasn't about 'missed periods'. It was about children being killed in their mother's wombs. All those years I was wrong. Signing that affidavit, I was wrong. Working in an abortion clinic, I was wrong. No more of this first trimester, second trimester, third trimester stuff. Abortion — at any point — was wrong. It was so clear. Painfully clear."
Won by Love
by Norma McCorvey
The media often has the misconception that the Church is against science...
... and therefore that is why She is against embryonic stem cell research.
Embryonic Stem Cell Research
A stem cell is an non-specialized cell that has the potential to become one of many specific type of cells
So why is the Church against embryonic stem cell research?
Embryonic Stem Cell Research...
Science & Morality
Adult Stem Cell Research!
Adult stem cells are found in most, if not all, tissues in all living organisms. While these adult stem cells cannot become any cell in the organism, they can potentially become any cell in the organ from where they originated. Because these cells are present in an individual’s body, there is very little chance that the regenerated tissue will be rejected by the immune system.
Additionally, these adult stem cells often appear to have the capacity to recognize the location of damage and the dying cell types, such that only those missing cells are regenerated. Thus, adult stem cells do not require the death of any embryos or use unfertilized eggs.
The killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma.
Often referred to as "mercy killing"
There is currently a growing movement that supports one’s Right to Die, located primarily in wealthier/developed countries.
As of 2014, euthanasia is only legal in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland, Germany, Albania, Colombia, Japan and in the US states of Washington, Oregon, Vermont, New Mexico and Montana.
Underlying Reasons for Euthanasia
+ Fear of suffering and death
+ Lack of seeing value in suffering
+ Suffering as the greatest evil imaginable and therefore most important to be prevented
What is the Church's response?
+ Suffering in and of itself is an evil and God does not desire our suffering.
+ Generally speaking, it is not wrong to alleviate suffering.
+ The point of life is not to avoid suffering
+ Suffering and sacrifice have the potential to have deep meaning and importance.
+ Suffering is an opportunity to be united closer to Christ in his suffering
- "On the Christian Meaning of Suffering"
27. Saint Paul speaks of such joy in the Letter to the Colossians: "I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake". A source of joy is found in the overcoming of the sense of the uselessness of suffering, a feeling that is sometimes very strongly rooted in human suffering. This feeling not only consumes the person interiorly, but seems to make him a burden to others. The person feels condemned to receive help and assistance from others, and at the same time seems useless to himself. The discovery of the salvific meaning of suffering in union with Christ transforms this depressing feeling. Faith in sharing in the suffering of Christ brings with it the interior certainty that the suffering person "completes what is lacking in Christ's afflictions"; the certainty that in the spiritual dimension of the work of Redemption he is serving, like Christ, the salvation of his brothers and sisters. Therefore he is carrying out an irreplaceable service. In the Body of Christ, which is ceaselessly born of the Cross of the Redeemer, it is precisely suffering permeated by the spirit of Christ's sacrifice that is the irreplaceable mediator and author of the good things which are indispensable for the world's salvation. It is suffering, more than anything else, which clears the way for the grace which transforms human souls. Suffering, more than anything else, makes present in the history of humanity the powers of the Redemption. In that "cosmic" struggle between the spiritual powers of good and evil, spoken of in the Letter to the Ephesians, human sufferings, united to the redemptive suffering of Christ, constitute a special support for the powers of good, and open the way to the victory of these salvific powers.
More REasons for Euthanasia
Thinking one has control over one’s life leads to thinking one has control over one’s death.
All things belong to God, especially our lives. We do not have the right to prematurely end our lives.
One more reason...
Euthanasia is more efficient and cost-effective
- keeping the elderly and ill alive can be expensive.
- can be a financial drain on health care system and on the family supporting the person.
- (note – many abortions are made based on the same logic)
Human life is the most valuable good of society
Must we do anything possible to prolong life, even if there is no hope of recovery?
Yes or no?
2278 Discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary, or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate; it is the refusal of "over-zealous" treatment. Here one does not will to cause death; one's inability to impede it is merely accepted. The decisions should be made by the patient if he is competent and able or, if not, by those legally entitled to act for the patient, whose reasonable will and legitimate interests must always be respected.
2279 Even if death is thought imminent, the ordinary care owed to a sick person cannot be legitimately interrupted. The use of painkillers to alleviate the sufferings of the dying, even at the risk of shortening their days, can be morally in conformity with human dignity if death is not willed as either an end or a means, but only foreseen and tolerated as inevitable Palliative care is a special form of disinterested charity. As such it should be encouraged.
Extraordinary v. Ordinary means