Sacred Choices: The Right to Contraception and Abortion in Ten World Religions  -     By: Daniel C. Maguire
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Sacred Choices: The Right to Contraception and Abortion in Ten World Religions

Augsburg Fortress / 2001 / Paperback

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As the world teeters on the edge of overpopulation, this new addition to the Sacred Energies series aims to show how ten major religious traditions in fact contain strong affirmations of the right to family planning, including contraception and even, when necessary, abortion.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Augsburg Fortress
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800634330
ISBN-13: 9780800634339

Publisher's Description

This call to rethink major religious traditions on key topics of family planning provides a fresh, underreported side of these traditions. Written in a lively, engaging, and skilled style by a leading ethicist, this guide brings expert insights of major scholars in a manageable format.

Publisher's Weekly

Many have argued that the world's religions constitute the greatest obstacle to contraception and abortion, since most religions hold human life to be sacred. In Sacred Choices: The Right to Contraception and Abortion in Ten World Religions, ethics professor Daniel Maguire counters that "although many people believe that contraception is forbidden by their religion... the world's religions are open to family planning, including contraception and also abortion as a backup when necessary." He argues that many religions have selectively presented only the anti-contraception, anti-abortion threads of their tradition. However, he commits the same error by offering a highly selective reading of the same traditions in order to prove the opposite point. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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