Tricycle | Buddhism in the 21st Century: What is the Buddhist view of abortion?

A myriad of Jizo Buddha statues, which are regarded as protectors for children and unborn babies in traditional Japanese Buddhist teachings, sit alongside steps to Daisho-in Temple in Miyajima, Japan. Photo by Ivan Okyere-Boakye / Alamy Stock Photo   The first of the five precepts—the essential guidelines for Buddhist ethics—is to abstain from taking life. The…