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The Right to Family Planning, Contraception, and Abortion in Thai Buddhism

PARICHART SUWANBUBBHA

in Sacred Rights

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780195160017
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849611 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160017.003.0007
The Right to Family Planning, Contraception, and Abortion in Thai Buddhism

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This chapter presents Buddhist teachings and visions to help people make conscientious decisions regarding family planning, contraception, and abortion in Thailand. It elaborates the position that Buddhist teachings support the nonviolent methods of birth control and family planning both in individual and national policy. It also explores some important Buddhist teachings in order to define the situation clearly, to give faithful interpretations of Buddhist teaching, and to present some illustrations to support the right to family planning and to express toleration in Buddhism for abortion. The popular merit making and the law of kamma are important in Thai Buddhism and play a vital role in shaping the attitudes of Buddhism toward abortion.

Keywords: family planning; contraception; abortion; Thailand; birth control; Buddhism; merit making; law of kamma; Thai Buddhism

Chapter.  8871 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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