explain Hindu beliefs about abortion

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Ahimsa, karma, duty. Religion and medical ethics

Posted Sat 4th June, 2011 @ 12:05 by k

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This is what Hindus believe on Abortion:

  • Believe in the main that abortion is wrong
  • Brings bad karma and prevents the foetus' soul from working through a lifetime
  • some scriptures say those who abort will be aborted
  • but they will allow it to save the woman's life

Specific teachings:

  • Belief in non-violence (ahisma) and respect for all
  • They believe that life begins at conception so abortion is murder
  • Life is sacred
  • A woman who aborts her child loses her caste and karma is affected
  • Abortion is as bad as killing a priest or parents
  • abortionists are among the worst sinners
  • It is a Hindu's main duty to have a child at household stage of life.

I have some quotes also if you need them, but I have misplaced them at the moment. Message me if you'd like them.

Answered Sat 4th June, 2011 @ 12:14 by Former Member