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Thai abortion scandal

Postby tiltbillings » Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:36 am

This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
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Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

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Re: Thai abortion scandal

Postby Individual » Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:42 pm

It would be great if people were as obsessed with unaborted fetuses as they are with aborted fetuses. And if they took responsibility for their own actions, instead of appealing to ideologies and religions as a basis for being shameless or self-righteous. If this were true, there would be no such thing as abortion to even speak of.

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Re: Thai abortion scandal

Postby andre9999 » Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:50 pm

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Buddhists pray in front of drinks, food and toys laid out for the spirits of the fetuses.



Abortion seems like complex issue to me sometimes, but that picture it pretty black and white.
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Re: Thai abortion scandal

Postby zavk » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:16 am

I was very saddened when I read this on another news site. I thought I'd share it here but I really didn't know what to say about it. I'm genuinely at a loss for words, not because I do not see the ethical, social, cultural, political, religious and/or Dhammic conundrums associated with it but because it.... gosh, I don't know....

It's dukkha, the reality of samsara, writ large I suppose.

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Re: Thai abortion scandal

Postby cooran » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:34 am

Hello all,

Have a look at this site for statistical data:

TOTAL, 1922 - 2010: 863,000,000 - reported abortions, estimated 950,000,000 total abortions

Estimated current global monthly average: 1,237,000 abortions
http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/policy/ ... p3310.html

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Re: Thai abortion scandal

Postby GrahamR » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:51 am

cooran wrote:Hello all,

Have a look at this site for statistical data:

TOTAL, 1922 - 2010: 863,000,000 - reported abortions, estimated 950,000,000 total abortions

Estimated current global monthly average: 1,237,000 abortions
http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/policy/ ... p3310.html

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Chris,

No one really knows the real figures. But it's a massive problem here. (I live in Thailand) sex education is poor and parents don't want to accept their kids are having sex. One 13 year old was recently expelled from a school I know for having sex in the toliet!
My wife told me most of here friends had had abortions.
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Re: Thai abortion scandal

Postby Individual » Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:04 pm

Where I live, there seems to be a taboo about getting abortions.

The result is that people who are too young to raise kids, with too little money, and a lack of emotional maturity, end up poorly raising kids.
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Re: Thai abortion scandal

Postby appicchato » Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:02 pm

Individual wrote:Where I live, there seems to be a taboo about getting abortions.

Good...
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Thai abortion scandal

Postby GrahamR » Thu Dec 30, 2010 12:26 am

appicchato wrote:
Individual wrote:Where I live, there seems to be a taboo about getting abortions.

Good...

Surely the taboo should be having unplanned pregnancies.
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Re: Thai abortion scandal

Postby andre9999 » Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:26 am

GrahamR wrote:
appicchato wrote:
Individual wrote:Where I live, there seems to be a taboo about getting abortions.

Good...

Surely the taboo should be having unplanned pregnancies.


Then the vast majority if us wouldn't be here.
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Re: Thai abortion scandal

Postby appicchato » Thu Dec 30, 2010 12:59 pm

Ain't that the truth...
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Re: Thai abortion scandal

Postby cooran » Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:49 pm

Hello all,

This might be of interest:

Factors related to planned and unplanned pregnancies - Journal of Family Practice, August, 1996 by Jo Ann Rosenfeld, Kevin D. Everett
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m ... _18652597/

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Re: Thai abortion scandal

Postby Lazy_eye » Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:49 pm

appicchato wrote:Ain't that the truth...


We'd have be somewhere, though. Kamma makes sure of that.
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Re: Thai abortion scandal

Postby clw_uk » Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:51 pm

Although it does involve a termination of life, doesnt abortion have a part to play in population control

Not to sound to cold but the human population is already to high as it is ....
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Re: Thai abortion scandal

Postby ground » Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:11 pm

cooran wrote:Hello all,

Have a look at this site for statistical data:

TOTAL, 1922 - 2010: 863,000,000 - reported abortions, estimated 950,000,000 total abortions

Estimated current global monthly average: 1,237,000 abortions
http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/policy/ ... p3310.html

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Re: Thai abortion scandal

Postby cooran » Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:25 pm

clw_uk wrote:Although it does involve a termination of life, doesnt abortion have a part to play in population control

Not to sound to cold but the human population is already to high as it is ....


Perhaps you would benefit from a little deeper knowledge about the Pros and Cons of Different Contraceptive Methods?

Simple really, no need to kill living beings with all the akusala kamma that entails - there are choices which are much less expensive financially and physically than abortion.

All States should make a selection easily available.

Here's a list of the many available types of contraception, and the pros and cons of using each.
http://www.youngwomenshealth.org/prosandcons.html

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Re: Thai abortion scandal

Postby clw_uk » Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:31 pm

Perhaps you would benefit from a little deeper knowledge about the Pros and Cons of Different Contraceptive Methods?

Simple really, no need to kill living beings with all the akusala kamma that entails - there are choices which are much less expensive financially and physically than abortion.

All States should make a selection easily available.



I agree with contraception, however there are situations where this would not apply, i.e. rape


Also it would mean a greater campaign against the backwardness of the institutions such as the Roman Catholic Church, as well as other religious sects that regard even condoms as killing life
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Re: Thai abortion scandal

Postby cooran » Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:39 pm

it would mean a greater campaign against the backwardness of the institutions such as the Roman Catholic Church, as well as other religious sects that regard even condoms as killing life


Only about 0.5% of abortions are due to rape AFAIK.

And just what influence does the Roman Catholic Church have in Thailand?

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Re: Thai abortion scandal

Postby clw_uk » Thu Dec 30, 2010 10:11 pm

cooran wrote:
it would mean a greater campaign against the backwardness of the institutions such as the Roman Catholic Church, as well as other religious sects that regard even condoms as killing life


Only about 0.5% of abortions are due to rape AFAIK.

And just what influence does the Roman Catholic Church have in Thailand?

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Im talking about abortion generally, no need to keep the debate to one country, and worldwide with a following of over a billion Catholics, I would say it does matter in terms of population control and the fight against HIV. Thats just RC's, other religions campaign against contraception as well


As for rape, yes its low but is it right to force a women to give birth to her rapist father's child? Who are we to dictate?

Im more for the choice of abortion, without promoting it
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