I'll quote Ven. Bodhi again just so it is clear that my above post does indeed reflect what he has said:robertk wrote:I think all countries, no matter religious or not, have laws against killing humans.Phena wrote:I think the Venerable's point was more keeping religion out of it.robertk wrote:His argument against govt. restrictions on abortion are based on freedom of choice and keeping govt. out of it...Fair enough.
A quote I heard and like, which I think sums this up, goes something like, "we should have freedom of religion and freedom from religion".
So I don't follow the reasoning that restricting abortion is bringing religion in?
Bhikkhu Bodhi is clearly arguing for a secular society where religious beliefs (particularity on one group over another) are not imposed on citizens via a government. I agree with this most emphatically. Non-secular governments have proven to be a failure and quite often despotic.Those who oppose abortion on religious grounds should not be entitled to use government policy to impose the entailments of their beliefs on others.
I do not know of any examples where abortion has been restricted that were not influenced by religious groups.