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Die reg op lewe

J.M. Vorster
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 36, No 2 | a504 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v36i2.504 | © 2002 J.M. Vorster | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 August 2002 | Published: 06 August 2002

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J.M. Vorster, Skool vir Kerkwetenskappe, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa

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The right to life

This article deals with the practical application of the fundamental right to life with special focus on abortion, capital punishment and euthanasia. From a Christian ethical perspective and the biblical principle of life it is argued that the practice of abortion, capital punishment and euthanasia cannot be justified for various reasons. Christians should therefore consider other ways to deal with issues like unwanted pregnancies and suffering. Regarding serious crime, punitive measures other than capital punishment ought to be considered because the practice of capital punishment can be misused by the state and can lead to the abuse of power. Capital punishment is also detrimental to the development of a culture of respect for life in society at large.


Abortion; Capital Punishment; Death Penalty; Euthanasia; The Right To Life


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