grace_xx wrote:Thank you for replying! I was wondering, how the buddhist teaching applied to these issues? I was thinking vegetarism is one teaching, that can be applied through the 5 precepts the "Do not kill" i guess becoming vegetarism is strongly supported. Through mediation maybe?
grace_xx wrote:for abortion there is two sides to it depending on the situation.
Is there any quotes or specific teachings, scared texts that particulary targets on this issue?
Peter wrote:grace_xx wrote:for abortion there is two sides to it depending on the situation.
What are the two sides?
Manapa wrote:where in the suttas does it say when life begins, don't think I have seen it?
grace_xx wrote:Is the teaching of Theravada refect upon something similar?
The approach to abortion most in tune with central Buddhist principles
(1) encouragement of reflection on the value of human life;
(2) encouragement of responsible use of contraception, so as to minimize
the chances of women even having to consider an abortion;
(3) encouraging the non-use of ‘contraceptives’ which actually cause
early abortions, and the development of more effective contraceptives
which do not do this;
(4) encouragement and support for adoption services, with ‘giving up’ a
child for adoption being seen as a form of da¯na;
(5) support for legal abortion only where the case for its being a ‘necessary
evil’ is strong (see p. 326), or where the foetus is badly impaired;
(6) compassion for those who have had an abortion by provision of some
kind of ritual to alleviate their psychological pain, encourage an
expression of sincere regret and attempt to benefit the dead child
side 1 - Abortion is always wrong because it is the taking of life
side 2 - for medical reasons one will die anyway and if no Abortion is done through volitionally not doing it then you are still killing, who has the right to life?
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