Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Buddhism and Reproductive Rights

Buddhism believes that life begins at conception and views abortion as the taking a of human life, but rejects the idea of rights, as in “right-to-life,” or even rights to one’s own body. It also stops short of intervening in a woman’s decision. According to statement published by the Japanese-American Buddhist Churches of America: “It is the woman carrying the fetus, and no one else, who must in the end make this most difficult decision and live with it for the rest of her life. As Buddhists, we can only encourage her to make a decision that is both thoughtful and compassionate.”

For a copy of my paper, "Returning to Buddha: Buddhism and Abortion in Japan" contact me at

Read John Pappas' full article at Elephant Journal

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