Daniel Maguire’s Sacred Choices: Method and Content

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Daniel C. Maguire believes that a burgeoning world population is leading to environmental depletion and thus to human suffering and death on a massive scale. He is convinced that the only way to prevent these calamities is to permit abortion. In his examination of world religions, he finds doctrines that support abortion as a morally acceptable means of family planning. His argument in Sacred Choices, however, is fundamentally flawed. An analysis of his methods reveals inconsistencies in his reasoning. The doctrinal content supporting abortion rights that he claims to have found in each of the religions that he examines does not in fact exist.

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