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With the belief of Ahimsa, what would a Hindu think of of something like abortion or assisted suicide?

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Dear Amy,

Hindus, as always, will have different positions on various issues. For me assisted suicide in case of terminal cases accompanied by unbearable pain under the direction of doctors does not create a problem. It will be an act of mercy. As for abortion, I would generally be against it unless it is a danger to mother's health, if it is likely to result in a child with severe physical or mental disabilities, or it is the result of rape and the mother does not want the child. With best regards,

Yours sincerely,

Aupmanyav

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Aupmanyav

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Especially religious history of India. I follow 'advaita' philosophy (non-duality) and am an atheist. My answers would be consistent with science and practicality.

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Explaining Hinduism for about 8 years.

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Science graduate. Extensive studies of hindu scriptures.

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