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Published: Sat, April 6, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



RELIGIONS

Contraception and abortion

Dr. Daniel C. Maguire gives brief descriptions on his Web site, www.religiousconsultation.org, of what his research says are the positions of major religions. Here are excerpts:

Roman Catholicism: According to traditional Catholic theology -- unknown even to many Catholics -- a Catholic is free to choose contraception and abortion when necessary.

Judaism: Judaism, like most religions, begins with the mandate to "choose life." As an ancient Jewish text puts it, abortion "is not forbidden when it is done because of a great need."

Islam: There are those in Islam who oppose all abortions. There is broad acceptance in the major Islamic teachings of abortion in the first four months of pregnancy, however.

Protestant Christianity: Protestantism, the dominant religious affiliation, is firmly in favor of family planning.

Buddhism: Buddhists have a long experience with family planning, including abortion.

Hinduism: Arguments for family planning can be drawn from the main moral teachings of Hinduism.




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