Abortion is an emotive and challenging subject for every religion. For most Hindus, life begins before conception - samsara dictates that all humans have potentially lived many times before.
What is an abortion?
The live birth of a baby
The deliberate prevention of conception
The removal of the foetus before it can survive on its own
Up to what stage of the pregnancy can abortion take place according to English law?
What is adoption?
An individual or a couple become a child's legal parent(s)
A family friend of the mother looks after a child for a while
A relative of the mother looks after a child for a while
For most Hindus, when do they consider life begins?
What does Hinduism teach regarding the unborn child's lifecycle?
The unborn child's time in the womb is just as much a part of his/her lifecycle as his/her time outside the womb
The unborn child's lifecycle starts at birth
There is no lifecycle
What do Hindus believe is present in the unborn child?
The atman, which is a part of Brahman and therefore divine in nature
What does it mean when some Hindus say that abortion goes against the principle of ahimsa?
Abortion is viewed as 'playing God'
People have the freedom to do what they want with their life
Abortion is viewed as an act of violence against the foetus
At what stage of pregnancy do some Hindus believe an atman enters the foetus?
Why would many Hindus describe abortion as bad action?
Because it involves ending a life
Because it is against the law
Because it leads to karmic debt