Abortion and euthanasia are emotive and challenging subjects for every religion. Buddhists approach these issues through their belief in a continuous cycle of life, death and rebirth.
What is an abortion?
The live birth of a baby
The deliberate prevention of conception
The intentional removal of a foetus from its mother's womb
What is a termination?
A deliberately induced abortion
A spontaneous abortion
Up to what stage of the pregnancy can abortion take place according to English law?
For most Buddhists, when does life begin?
What do abortion laws in many Buddhist countries recognise?
Abortion is considered to be a bad action by Buddhists and so is not allowed
Difficult circumstances such as the threat to the life of the physical health of the mother or unborn child, may justify abortion in some cases
Abortion though a difficult decision to make, is allowed
How does meditation help a Buddhist to make a decision about having an abortion?
It gives the Buddhist the time to think clearly about whether abortion is the correct decision to make
It helps the Buddhist to realise that abortion is always wrong
It gives God the opportunity to speak to them and advise them
What can happen to a Buddhist monk for helping a woman have an abortion?
They can be expelled
They can be suspended
They will be forgiven
What does "euthanasia" mean?
Deliberately killing someone
Making the dying suffer
Gentle and easy death
What does UK law say about euthanasia?
Euthanasia is illegal
Euthanasia is suicide
Euthanasia is legal
What is active euthanasia?
Active euthanasia is when they remove treatment and let a person die
Active euthanasia is when the dying person requests for it
Active euthanasia is when someone deliberately does something to bring about death