Concept

Buddhism and abortion

Summary
There is no single Buddhist view concerning abortion, although it is generally regarded negatively. Scriptural views and the monastic code Inducing or otherwise causing an abortion is regarded as a serious matter in the monastic rules followed by both Theravada and Mahayana monks; monks can be expelled for assisting a woman in procuring an abortion. Traditional sources do not recognize a distinction between early- and late-term abortion, but in Sri Lanka and Thailand the "moral stigma" associated with an abortion grows with the development of the fetus. While traditional sources do not seem to be aware of the possibility of abortion as relevant to the health of the mother, modern Buddhist teachers from many traditions- and abortion laws in many Buddhist countries- recognize a threat to the life or physical health of the mother as an acceptable justification for abortion as a practical matter, though it may still be seen as a deed with negative moral or
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