tkp67 wrote: ↑
Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:47 pm
isn't championing women's rights in opposition to the right to respect life even on a cellular level the same as the converse?
First of all, here in "the right to respect life even on a cellular level," I think you mean "obligation."
If this were true, Buddhists would need to stop using antibiotics, antivirals, and and antiamoebic drugs.
Thus, we don't have an obligation to respect life on a cellular level. Cells have no independent consciousness, and thus they do not suffer pain. As far as anyone knows, bacteria, viruses, and amoeba also are not sentient life.
Further, a monk developed the clairvoyance to see small creatures in the water, finer than the water filter monks are provided with to strain their drinking water. The monk had a problem because now he felt he could not drink water at all because he could perceive these lifeforms in his water, invisible to the naked eye. When he presented this problem to the Buddha, the Buddha advised him to stop looking so deeply.
So, this objection is quite irrelevant to the discussion of abortion.
As far as the right for a woman to choose, this is public health issue. A modern society needs to provide access to safe abortions. These are the stats:
https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-shee ... e-abortion
Between 2010–2014, on average, 56 million induced (safe and unsafe) abortions occurred worldwide each year.
There were 35 induced abortions per 1000 women aged between 15–44 years.
25% of all pregnancies ended in an induced abortion.
The rate of abortions was higher in developing regions than in developed regions.
Around 25 million unsafe abortions were estimated to have taken place worldwide each year, almost all in developing countries (1).
Among these, 8 million were carried out in the least- safe or dangerous conditions.
Over half of all estimated unsafe abortions globally were in Asia.
3 out of 4 abortions that occurred in Africa and Latin America were unsafe.
The risk of dying from an unsafe abortion was the highest in Africa.
Each year between 4.7% – 13.2% of maternal deaths can be attributed to unsafe abortion (2).
Around 7 million women are admitted to hospitals every year in developing countries, as a result of unsafe abortion (3).
The annual cost of treating major complications from unsafe abortion is estimated at US$ 553 million (4).
Safe abortion must be provided or supported by a trained person using WHO recommended methods appropriate for the pregnancy duration.
Almost every abortion death and disability could be prevented through sexuality education, use of effective contraception, provision of safe, legal induced abortion, and timely care for complications
In short, restricting women's access to safe abortions is both short-sighted and lacking in compassion.