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Sacred Rights: The Case for Contraception and Abortion in World Religions

Daniel C. Maguire


As the global population continues to grow, family planning is fast becoming one of the most critical issues facing the planet. While many organizations—most prominently the United Nations—are trying to implement policies that will help curb the population explosion, these measures are frequently blocked by those professing conservative religious beliefs. In many of the world's religions there is a restrictive and pronatalist view on family planning, and this is one legitimate reading of those religious traditions. As the essays in this volume demonstrate, however, this is not the only legitim ... More

Keywords: population, family planning, United Nations, conservative views, religious beliefs, contraception, abortion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195160017
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160017.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel C. Maguire, editor
Marquette University
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