robertk wrote:Phena wrote:robertk wrote:His argument against govt. restrictions on abortion are based on freedom of choice and keeping govt. out of it...Fair enough.
I think the Venerable's point was more keeping religion out of it.
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".
I think all countries, no matter religious or not, have laws against killing humans.
So I don't follow the reasoning that restricting abortion is bringing religion in?
I'll quote Ven. Bodhi again just so it is clear that my above post does indeed reflect what he has said:
Those who oppose abortion on religious grounds should not be entitled to use government policy to impose the entailments of their beliefs on others.
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.
I do not know of any examples where abortion has been restricted that were not influenced by religious groups.