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

Paperback | March 15, 2003

EditorDaniel C. Maguire

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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 arefrequently 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 thesimplistic 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 traditionsthat allow contraception and abortion, they seek to escape the confines of oversimplified either/or, pro-choice/pro-life arguments. Instead, they point the way 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 mostconservative views would suggest.

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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 arefrequently blocked by those professing conservati...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:March 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195160010

ISBN - 13:9780195160017

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"The pan-religious scope of the book is its greatest asset, as it yields a full sense of the wide-ranging theoretical and practical concerns of each tradition."--Choice