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.
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.
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.
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