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p. 846. Abortionlocked

  • Damien Keown

Abstract

Are Buddhists pro-life or pro-choice? For Buddhism, life is a continuum with no discernible start or end, and this puts in interesting dimension on the issue of abortion. ‘Abortion’ looks at Buddhist thinking about the various stages in the life–death cycle to shed light on the Buddhist position in the abortion debate. Early scriptural sources oppose abortion, but contemporary Buddhists feel that there is more to be said on the morality of abortion and there are circumstances where abortion could be justified. As Buddhist and Western values are forced to converge, discussions around abortion will continue.

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