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Abortion (Global Viewpoints) by Noah Berlatsky

By Noah Berlatsky

Every one anthology within the new worldwide Viewpoints sequence (which doesn't replica any fabric within the Opposing Viewpoints sequence) promises modern views at the featured factor -- with the vast majority of the cloth reflecting stances of nations except the us. basic assets, together with speeches and govt records, subscribe to essays from foreign magazines and information assets for a really panoramic view. worthy gains comprise an annotated desk of contents, a global map and nation index, a bibliography and an issue index.

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The life of a baby within its mother’s womb is as sacred as the life of a mother according to the Shari៮‘a. Thus, it will be necessary to retain its sanctity. . In conclusion, the human body, unborn, alive, or dead, has great significance. It is honored and sacred, and because of the sanctity attached to it, it is unlawful to terminate it, tamper with it, cut parts of it off, or dishonor it in any way. 42 Abortion and Religion The Soul Enters the Fetus According to the Shari៮‘a, abortion can be divided into two types: (1) abortion after the soul (ru៮ h) has entered the fetus; and (2) abortion prior to the entry of the soul into the fetus.

For one thing, early Buddhist attitudes were formulated in a society that took a very different view of the status of women from that of the modern West. Feminist writers have drawn attention to the patriarchal nature of traditional societies and to the institutionalized repression of women down the centuries (other scholars deny that either of these historical claims is correct, except at specific times and places). It has also been argued that abortion rights are integral to the emancipation of women and are necessary to redress injustice.

Nevertheless, it is uni53 Abortion versally agreed that the fetus will become a full-fledged human being and there must be a very compelling reason to allow for abortion. As a general rule, abortion in Judaism is permitted only if there is a direct threat to the life of the mother by carrying the fetus to term or through the act of childbirth. In such a circumstance, the baby is considered tantamount to a rodef, a pursuer after the mother with the intent to kill her. Nevertheless, as explained in the Mishna, [the first major written collection of the oral traditions of Judaism] if it would be possible to save the mother by maiming the fetus, such as by amputating a limb, abortion would be forbidden.

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