How non-Christian religions view abortion

Traditional Jewish teaching on abortion held that protection for the unborn child - except when the pregnancy "definitely and without question endangered the life of the mother" (Maimonides) - was absolute.

Judaism today is split into different groups, each with several branches, so it is not uncommon for religious beliefs to overlap in some areas.

We explore how Judaism regards abortion here.

Many Buddhist institutions have laid down rules and regulations, however, in regard to Buddha's actual teachings, in an issue like abortion, there is no absolute ruling. Despite this there are principles that, when taken into consideration, would indicate abortion is wrong. Read more here.

Hindu scriptures refer to abortion as garha-batta (womb killing) and bhroona hathya (killing the undeveloped soul). A hymn in the Rig Veda (7.36.9, RvP, 2469) begs for protection of foetuses. The Kaushitaki Upanishad (3.1 UpR, 774) draws a parallel between abortion and the killing of one's parents. The Atharva Veda (6.113.2 HE, 43) remarks that the fetus slayer, or brunaghni, is among the greatest of sinners (6.113.2). Read more here.

The Islamic position is that since a human being does not owns and masters his/her life, is a trust from Allah, and can be terminated by Allah alone. Read more here.