Sacred Rights: The Case for Contraception and Abortion in World Religions

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Daniel C. Maguire
Oxford University Press, 2003 - Social Science - 295 pages
As the global population continues to grow, family planning is fast becoming one of the most critical issues facing the planet. While many organizations--most prominently the United Nations--are trying to implement policies that will help curb the population explosion, these measures are frequently blocked by those professing conservative religious beliefs.
In many of the world's religions there is a restrictive and pro-natalist view on family planning, and this is one legitimate reading of those religious traditions. As the essays in this volume demonstrate, however, this is not the only legitimate or orthodox view. Seeking to counteract the simplistic idea that all religions are completely antagonistic toward family planning, the authors--all scholar-practitioners of the religions about which they write--present alternative interpretations of religions' views about family planning. Arguing for the existence of equally valid traditions that allow contraception and abortion, they seek to escape the confines of oversimplified either/or, pro-choice/pro-life arguments. Instead, they point the way toward a more open discussion of family planning.
Dispelling the notion that the world's religions are uniformly conservative on issues of family planning, the authors show that the parameters of orthodoxy are wider and gentler than that, and that the great religious traditions are wiser and more variegated than a simple repetition of the most conservative views would suggest.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Each One an Entire World A Jewish Perspective on Family Planning
21
Contraception and Abortion in Roman Catholicism
55
Contraception and Abortion Within Protestant Christianity
79
Family Planning Contraception and Abortion in Islam Undertaking Khilafah
105
The Right to Family Planning Contraception and Abortion The Hindu View
129
The Right to Family Planning Contraception and Abortion in Thai Buddhism
145
Family Planning and Abortion Cultural Norms Versus Actual Practices in Nigeria
167
Heavenly Way and Humanly Doings A Consideration of Chinese Mans Body Management During the Late Imperial Period
199
Excess Lack and Harmony Some Confucian and Taoist Approaches to Family Planning and Population ManagementTradition and the Modern Chall...
217
Religion State and Population Growth
237
Reproduction and Sexuality in a Changing World Reaching Consensus
255
Conclusion
273
Editors Note on Japanese Buddhism
285
Index
289
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Reproductive Rites and Wrongs Lessons from American Indian Religious Traditions Historical Experience and Contemporary Life
175

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Daniel C. Maguire is Professor of Religious Ethics at Marquette University and President of the Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health and Ethics. Among his many published works are Death by Choice (1974, revised 1984); The Moral Choice (1978); A New American Justice (1980); The New Subversives: Anti-Americanism of the Religious Right (1982); The Moral Revolution (1986); On Moral Grounds: the Art-Science of Ethics (1991); and The Moral Core of Judaism and Christianity (1993).

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