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Religious Studies

Hinduism: contraception and abortion

Contraception

Contraception or 'birth control' is used for a variety of reasons:

  • when pregnancy might harm the mental or physical condition of the mother
  • to limit the number of children people have to ensure they don't damage living standards or affect other children
  • to prevent pregnancy in people who do not want a child at this stage in their lives

Hindu beliefs about contraception

There is no objection to birth control in Hinduism, and many Hindus now use it. Where contraception is not used it is likely to be because it is not available.

Some Hindu scriptures include advice on what a couple should do to promote conception - and in this way provide contraceptive advice to those who want it. However, most Hindus accept that there is a duty to have a family during the householder stage of life, and so are unlikely to use contraception to avoid having children altogether.

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