Buddhism and Abortion

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Abortion is arguably the most controversial and divisive moral issue of modern times, but up until now the debate has taken place almost exclusively within a Western cultural, religious and philosophical context.

For the past three decades in the West arguments both for and against abortion have been mounted by groups of all kinds, from religious fundamentalists to radical feminists and every shade of opinion in between. Rather than mutual understanding, however, the result has been the polarisation of opinion and the deepening of entrenched positions.

In the face of this deadlock a new perspective is urgently required. Buddhism is an ancient tradition which over the centuries has refined its distinctive beliefs and values in the course of a long interaction with the major cultures of Asia. As Buddhism continues to engage the attention of the West, the time is now opportune for its views on abortion to be heard.

This is the first book to explore the abortion question from a range of Buddhist cultural and ethical perspectives. The approach is interdisciplinary and will be of relevance to those working in fields such as law, ethics, medicine, philosophy, religion, the social sciences and women's studies.

Contents

Acknowledgements
Contributors
Introduction; D. Keown
PART ONE
Abortion in Buddhist Thailand; R.E. Florida
Abortion and Prostitution in Bangkok; C. Odzer
Socio-Medical Aspects of Abortion in Thailand; P. Ratanakul
PART TWO
Abortion in Japan: Towards a 'Middle Way' for the West?; W.R. LaFleur
'I Can Only Move My Feet Towards Mizuko Kuyo' Memorial Services for Dead Children in Japan; E.G. Harrison
Abortion in Korea; F. Tedesco
PART THREE
Abortion in the Pali Canon and Early Buddhist Thought; J.P. McDermott
Buddhism and Abortion: A Western Approach; J. Hughes
Buddhism and Abortion: Is There a 'Middle Way'?; D. Keown
Glossary
Index

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ISBN: 0824821076
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Published: 1998
ISBN-13: 9780824821074


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