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Ireland’s abortion referendum – here’s what you need to know
The Republic of Ireland is holding a referendum on May 25 that could dramatically change its stance on abortion. Here’s a rundown of what is happening, when and why.
Ireland abortion referendum: voters have freed women from this insidious law
The lived reality of this constitutional story is more than 170,000 journeys across the Irish Sea to access abortion, thousands of illegal abortions through self administration of the abortion pill, and countless women “caught out” and becoming mothers when they did not want to.
The Church of England and Roman Catholic Church views on abortion.
From the BBC, an examination of the views on abortion from both the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church. References to the Catechism and opposing viewpoints and implications.
Christianity: contraception and abortion
From the BBC schools site, short summary including general information about abortion, Christian teaching, the Roman Catholic view with bible quotations and Catechism references.
Pope Benedict XVI on life issues
Select Quotations on Life Issues from His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI & the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Roman Catholic Church and Abortion: An Historical Perspective - Part I
The underlying reasons for the Catholic Church's condemnation of abortion are philosophical and humanitarian, based on the right to life of innocent human beings, and therefore are not peculiarly Catholic.
Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being.
Abortion: Other Religious Viewpoints
Buddhism and abortion
Buddhists believe that life should not be destroyed, but they regard causing death as morally wrong only if the death is caused deliberately or by negligence.
Traditional Buddhism rejects abortion because it involves the deliberate destroying of a life.
Buddhists regard life as starting at conception.
General Buddhist approach to ethics.
A lay Buddhist should cultivate good conduct by training in what are known as the "Five Precepts". The five precepts are training rules, which, if one were to break any of them, one should be aware of the breech and examine how such a breech may be avoided in the future.
The Critical Issue of Life and Death
Buddhist teachings on life and death.
Hinduism and abortion
Hindu medical ethics stem from the principle of ahimsa - of non-violence.
When considering abortion, the Hindu way is to choose the action that will do least harm to all involved: the mother and father, the foetus and society.
Hindu medical ethics
This article examines a number of topics: abortion, artificial insemination, in-vitro fertilisation, circumcision, birth control, etc.
Hinduism Today: abortion
Let's Talk About Abortion by Subramuniyaswami, Sivaya
Interesting philosophical writing on abortion and its meaning for Hinduism.
Hinduism & Abortion
A New Zealand resource for life related issues. This site discusses many issues related to abortion but this page focuses on the Hindu religion and the scriptures.
HINDU VIEWS ON ABORTION:
- Hindu scriptures, the Vedas and the Upanisads strongly condemn abortion
- Early Sruti texts attested that the foetus in the womb deserves protection because it is argued that the soul exists from the moment of conception
- Hindus view the foetus as a person in the making
- In this sense abortion is seen to violate both karma and dharma and is generally reprehensible
- The scriptures make some allowances where abortion may be permissible
- In the Susruta Samhita, a classical medical text within the Hindu tradition, it is suggested that abortion was permissible if it meant saving the mother’s life
- In contemporary situations utilitarian and practical considerations tend to override religious principles and beliefs
- Theories of kharma and dharma are given new interpretations
- More broadly, in modern India, abortion is permitted by law in certain circumstances such as pregnancy due to rape or in cases on severe physical disabilities where the child to be born will be irreparably and seriously handicapped. (R.D. Ganga:p: 183)
The above summary is from the text below:
HINDU VIEWS ON EUTHANASIA SUICIDE AND ABORTION IN THE DURBAN AREA:
Romila Devi Ganga
PHD Thesis, University of South Africa
Judaism and abortion
Judaism does not forbid abortion, but it does not permit abortion on demand. Abortion is only permitted for serious reasons.
What is the Jewish view on abortion?
Jewish law permits and views abortion as necessary in some cases. When the mother’s life is at risk because of the unborn child, an abortion is obligatory. This is because the child has the status of “potential human life,” until the majority of its body has made its egress from the mother’s body. Its life nevertheless still is valuable, and such potential life cannot be terminated without a strong medical reason.
The fetus in Jewish Law
Does a fetus have the same legal status as a person? by Dr. F Roser.
An unborn fetus in Jewish law is not considered a person (Heb. nefesh, lit. “soul”) until it has been born. The fetus is regarded as a part of the mother’s body and not a separate being until it begins to egress from the womb during parturition (childbirth).
Abortion and Judaism
The Jewish position on abortion is nuanced, neither condoning it nor categorically prohibiting it.
Sanctity of Life
Islamic teachings on abortion
Ultrasound picture of a female foetus aged 16 weeks Islam rarely permits abortion after 120 days. This foetus is about 112 days old ©
Muslims regard abortion as wrong and haram (forbidden), but many accept that it may be permitted in certain cases.
Abortion in Islamic Perspective
Muslims' views on abortion are shaped by the Hadith as well as by the opinions of legal and religious scholars and commentators. In Islam, the fetus is believed to become a living soul after four months of gestation, and abortion after that point is generally viewed as impermissible.
Islam and the Abortion Debate
This essay seeks to offer a comprehensive look at how classical and contemporary Muslim jurists have dealt with the subject in accordance with evolving methods, circumstances, and debates surrounding the topics of contraception and abortion.
Sikhism and abortion
Abortion is generally forbidden in Sikhism, as it interferes in the creative work of God - who created everything and is present in every being.
Most Sikhs accept that life begins at conception.
Non-religious views on abortion
Ireland referendum on abortion
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Where the abortion debate was lost
Politicians and the media on both sides of the Irish Sea have greeted the result of the Irish abortion referendum as if it were a triumph of good over evil – the enlightened cause of female emancipation and empowerment taking a giant step forward against the forces of patriarchal oppression. And it suits its enemies that the Catholic Church had positioned itself firmly on the losing side, so that it has just suffered a satisfyingly decisive humiliation. But this interpretation is tendentious, less than half the truth.
The critical moment for the Church in Ireland is not the vote itself but the aftermath. All is not yet lost, but easily could be. (The Tablet)
The abortion debate asks whether it can be morally right to terminate a pregnancy before normal childbirth.
Some people think that abortion is always wrong. Some think that abortion is right when the mother's life is at risk. Others think that there is a range of circumstances in which abortion is morally acceptable.
From the BBC Ethics website. This article discusses: legal position, medical topics,
philosophical and ethical concerns,
the rights of the mother, rights of the unborn child, the rights of the father and religious views on abortion
Abortion law in Australia
This was published in 1998.
What is Roe V Wade?
Roe v Wade
In this article entitled 'She was the face of abortion rights - but 'Jane Roe' says she was paid $US500,000 to switch sides', the background to the US Supreme Court decision allowing abortion is explained.
Attitudes to Abortion
Reliable opinion polling consistently shows that around 80% of Australian adults support a woman’s right to choose.
Attitudes to Abortion and Approaches to Ethical Issues
Christian Research Association.
Sixty per cent of Australians believe that abortion is acceptable in most circumstances. Many others say that it is acceptable in some circumstances, such as if there is a serious defect in the baby. Some Australians say that abortion is not acceptable under any circumstances.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Search here for a table of contents, index and how to read the Catechism as well as a search box for the Catechism.
The online Bible.
Select the NRSV edition.
The Holy Quran Arabic Text with English Translation, Commentary and comprehensive Introduction by Maulana Muhammad Ali Year 2002 Edition
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