Library Journal recommends Sacred Rights

Oxford Univ. 2003. c.320p. permanent paper. ed. by Daniel C. Maguire. LC 2002008363. ISBN 0-19-516000-2. $55; pap. ISBN 0-19-516001-0. $19.95.

President of the Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health and Ethics, Maguire (religious ethics, Marquette Univ.) has inspired scholar-practitioners of various religions to examine their tradition's ability to support contraception and abortion, at least under certain circumstances. The result is not only a nuanced reevaluation of sacred texts and interpretations but also a situating of reproductive ethics within a larger, justice-based context. Maguire normatively defines religion "as a positive, life-enhancing response to the sacred"; he encourages "ferreting out the good"--in this case, especially "rich theories of justice and human rights." He and most of his contributors find not only a contraceptive right but also an abortive one, a position that leaves the decision to the woman and argues against governmental interference. Various articles analyze Jewish, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Islamic, Hindu, Thai Buddhist, American Indian, Confucian, and Taoist traditions; Nigerian social norms vs. actual practice; issues of religion, government, and population growth; and possibilities for consensus in a changing world. An important book for many libraries, both public and academic, to consider.--Carolyn M. Craft, Longwood Univ., Farmville, VA

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