Sacred Choices: The Right to Contraception and Abortion in Ten World Religions

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Fortress Press, 2001 - Religion - 160 pages
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Breaking the silence about choice

As the world teeters on the edge of overpopulation, this new addition to the Sacred Energies series aims to show how ten major religious traditions in fact contain strong affirmations of the right to family planning, including contraception and even, when necessary, abortion.

Maquire first shows how interrelated overpopulation is with poverty, ethnic injustice, gender injustice, and the maldistribution of economic resources. Often the world's religions (most notoriously perhaps, Roman Catholicism) are thought to contribute only to the problem, rather than solutions, through their hostility to sex, education and equal rights for women, and birth control. In fact, argues Maguire, the ten scholars who consulted for several years about how these traditions treat issues of contraception and abortion find in them a true religious awe at the sacredness of life, a genuine openness to sexuality as a dimension of the sacred, and "alongside the 'no choice' position . . .a 'pro-choice' position that is too little known, even by adherents to the religion. That is the key message of this book."

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Review: Sacred Choices: The Right to Contraception nd Abortion in Ten World Religions (Sacred Energies Series)

User Review  - Paige - Goodreads

This is a worthwhile read for all the new information I learned about. It's true that the most conservative, anti-choice, anti-woman sectors of religions are often the loudest. Not having grown up ... Read full review

Review: Sacred Choices: The Right to Contraception nd Abortion in Ten World Religions (Sacred Energies Series)

User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

Though I make no bones about being pro-choice, I think anyone who is a religious scholar can appreciate the easy-to-read guide through ten major world religions and their stances that are both pro ... Read full review


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Daniel C. Maguire is Professor of Moral Theological Ethics at Marquette University and the president of the Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health, and Ethics. His writing has appeared in the "New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly" and "USA Today", and he has written several books, including "Sacred Choices: The Right to Contraception" and "Abortion in Ten World Religions." He lives in Wisconsin.

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