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is the official vegan stance on abortion?
No moral dilemma exists that is quite
like the issue of abortion. A fetus grows within and
is dependent on the pregnant woman carrying it, so the
situation is distinctly different from that of animals
or humans already born and conspicuously alive. Simple
observation readily confirms the obvious with regard
to the suffering of people and animals. The question
of when life begins, however, is an enigmatic matter
that has sparked passionate political, legal, and ecclesiastical
Vegans are all across the board in their view of abortion.
Although many vegans feel that abortion is a relevant
vegan issue, there is no consensus of opinion. Even vegans
who have parallel points of view on most matters often
come to very different conclusions on this one. This is
because determining when life begins is a complex and
subjective affair, one which frequently involves spiritual
or religious considerations as well. Consequently, this
issue is just as contentious and no easier to resolve
within the bounds of veganism than it is in the general
Veganism is not a theology. Hence vegans
come from a diverse range of backgrounds and outlooks.
Because vegans do not share a uniform position on abortion,
there is no "official stance." This matter is best resolved
by individual practitioners in the context of their
personal perspectives or spiritual beliefs.
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