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

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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 forward 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.show more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 162.1 x 229.1 x 20.6mm | 426.38g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 7 figures
  • 0195160010
  • 9780195160017
  • 1,641,804

About Daniel C. Maguire

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).show more

Table of contents

Contributors ; Introduction ; "Each One an Entire World": A Jewish Perspective on Family Planning ; Contraception and Abortion in Roman Catholicism ; Contraception and Abortion Within Protestant Christianity ; Family Planning, Contraception, and Abortion in Islam: Undertaking Khilafah ; The Right to Family Planning, Contraception, and Abortion: The Hindu View ; The Right to Family Planning, Contraception, and Abortion in Thai Buddhism ; Family Planning and Abortion: Cultural Norms Versus Actual Practices in Nigeria ; Reproductive Rites and Wrongs: Lessons from American Indian Religious Traditions, Historical Experience, and Contemporary Life ; Heavenly Way and Humanly Doings: A Consideration of Chinese Man's Body Management During the Late Imperial Period ; Excess, Lack, and Harmony: Some Confucian and Taoist Approaches to Family Planning and Population Management - Tradition and the Modern Challenge ; Religion, State, and Population Growth ; Reproduction and Sexuality in a Changing World: Reaching Consensus ; Conclusion ; Appendix: Editor's Note on Japanese Buddhism ; Indexshow more

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... important in the continuing debate on abortion and family planning from the viewpoint of religion. * The International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health *show more

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