Religion and abortion
Many religious traditions have taken a stance on abortion, and these stances span a broad spectrum as highlighted below.
There is no single Buddhist view concerning abortion. Some traditional sou...
Buddhism and abortion
There is no single Buddhist view concerning abortion. Yet, all traditional sources, such as the Buddhist monastic code, hold that life begins at conception and that abortion, which would then involve...
Christianity and abortion
Christianity and abortion has a long and complex history as there is no explicit prohibition of abortion in either the Old Testament or New Testament books of the Christian Bible, and additionally, as...
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Hinduism and abortion
The sacred texts of Hindus have a clear stance against abortion. The Vedas represent abortion as morally reprehensible and it is listed with the most heinous actions. The Kaushitaki Upanishad includes...
Islam and abortion
Muslim views on abortion are shaped by the Hadith as well as by the opinions of legal and religious scholars and commentators. In Islam, the fetus is believed to become a living soul after four months...
Judaism and abortion
In Judaism, views on abortion draw primarily upon the legal and ethical teachings of the Hebrew Bible, the Talmud, the case-by-case decisions of responsa, and other rabbinic literature.
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Scientology and abortion
The intersection of Scientology and abortion has a controversial history which began with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's discussion of abortion in his 1950 book Dianetics: The Modern Science of ...
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The Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing
The Religious Institute, Inc. is a liberal American multi-faith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society. It was co-founded in 20...
First seven Ecumenical Councils
In the history of Christianity, the first seven ecumenical councils, from the First Council of Nicaea (325) to the Second Council of Nicaea (787), represented an attempt to reach an orthodox consensus...
First seven Ecumenical Councils - Wikipedia
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) was founded in 1973 by clergy and lay leaders from mainline denominations and faith traditions to create an interfaith organization following th...
Catholics for Choice
Catholics for Choice (CFC) is a pro-choice dissenting Catholic organization based in Washington, D.C. Formed in 1973 as Catholics for a Free Choice, CFC states that its mission is "to serve as a voic...
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History of Christian thought on abortion
Christianity and abortion has a long and complex history. There is scholarly disagreement on how early Christians felt about abortion. Some scholars have concluded that early Christians took a nuan...
History of Christian thought on abortion - Wikipedia
Catholic politicians, abortion and communion or excommunication
The Roman Catholic Church opposes abortion. Church officials have threatened to refuse communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion rights. In some cases, officials have stated that the poli...
Catholic Church and abortion
The Catholic Church opposes all forms of abortion procedures whose direct purpose is to destroy an embryo, blastocyst, zygote or foetus, since it holds that "human life must be respected and protected...