Abortion is an emotive and challenging subject for every religion. Sikhs’ religious teaching is based on belief in the ‘divine spark’ and life beginning at conception.
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
When do Sikhs believe that life begins?
When the baby is born
When the foetus has a heartbeat
At the moment of conception
What is the main source of Sikh beliefs about abortion?
The Guru Granth Sahib
Are there any circumstances in which some Sikhs would support abortion?
If contraception failed
If there was a risk to the mother's health
There are no circumstances
What do most Sikhs believe every person carries with them?
Guru Granth Sahib
The divine spark
Most Sikhs believe that the responsibility of whether an unborn child lives or dies lies with?
The course of nature
In Sikhism how is adoption viewed?
As a realistic alternative to abortion
It is not an option
As an inferior choice to abortion