What do you think about abortion? Some people support abortion rights because they think that an unborn child has no soul. Others are against abortion and regard it as murder. Society, however, is too quick to judge as murderers the poor women who have no choice but to resort to abortion.
A survey of the high-school students has found that they don't care about fetus's soul, and that 81 percent of them support abortion. There were about 1.5 million abortions last year, which was more than three times the birth rate last year. More and more young people are engaging in sexual pleasure before marriage. So the number of unmarried pregnant women is rapidly increasing, and many of them are having abortions. This cheapens the value of the life.
The abortion culture has led to the moral problem and debate over when life begins. We need to think about the moment when an unborn fetus is in the mom's womb. They can move, breath and even cough in their mom's womb. So Buddhism teaches that conception is equal to a human being. It believes that life begins at the moment of conception.
The notion of conception in Buddhism is composed of the following three steps. The first step is to perform a sexual act by preliminary parents. The second is the soul which is able to revive should stay around. These conditions always exist in the same time, same place. That is why you should consider that a seed of the life is already growing up when consciousness of the soul comes in the womb.
Buddhism, therefore, regards an unborn fetus as a human being: abortion is murder. Buddhists see abortion as an insult to the soul. As the debate over abortion becomes a serious matter of our society, Buddhism is making its position clear. However, Buddhism recognizes that there are times when an abortion might be necessary. For example, when a mother's life is at risk. They think that the mother's life has greater value than the embryo or fetus. Anyone who consents to an abortion, must repent their sin. It is absolutely necessary. However, the best thing is to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. In contrast to Roman Catholicism, which is against birth control contraception, Buddhism permits the use of contraceptives. "If an embryo is not destined to be born in the world, cutting the connection between embryo and world will be the better,"said a Buddhist.
Kwak Gyu-ryeong email@example.com
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