The Buddhist Position on Abortion Comparison Essay by Mgmleo

The Buddhist Position on Abortion
An examination of the Buddhist belief system and its position on abortion.
# 118692 | 2,103 words | 6 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Feb 16, 2010 in Religion and Theology (Buddhism) , Hot Topics (Abortion)

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This paper explores the issue of abortion as it is viewed by the Buddhist religion. The paper discusses the Buddhist belief system, based upon the eight-fold path to enlightenment and how it seems to indicate that Buddhists are strictly against the medical practice of abortion or the taking of a human life while it is still within the womb. The paper briefly compares this to other religious belief systems.

From the Paper:

"However, much like some of the practitioners of Islam and Judaism, most Buddhists will only accept abortion when the life of the mother is in danger (Harvey, 1995, 202). But even with this scenario, all Buddhist agree that the taking of a human life is morally and ethically unacceptable, especially when the object of the killing is an innocent victim. It is interesting to note that the Buddhist view of killing is directly in line with abortion, for according to the teachings of Buddha, five conditions must be met to constitute an act of killing--first, the thing killed must be a living being; second, the killer must be aware that it is a living thing; third, there must be an intention to kill; fourth, there must be an effort to kill, and lastly, the being must be killed as the result of the act (Harvey, 1995, 188)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ashi, A.E. (2008). Islam and abortion. Internet. Accessed July 14, 2009 from
  • Barnhart, M.G. (1997). Buddhism and the morality of abortion. Journal of Buddhist Ethics. Internet. Accessed July 14, 2009 from
  • Eisenberg, D. (2004). Abortion in jewish law. Internet. Accessed July 14, 2009 from
  • Harvey, P. (1995). An introduction to buddhism: teachings, history and practices. MA: Cambridge University Press.
  • Religion and ethics: buddhism. (2009). BBC Home. Internet. Accessed July 14, 2009 from

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