“Unpublished Discourses on Newly Born Embryo”
Shrii Shrii Ánandamúrti Jii
Date unknown, Place unknown(corrected properly hearing the audio)
[Somebody asks this question] “Should abortion be considered crime always?
Bábá’ gives replies, “Abortion is killing the potentialities, taking the potentiality of a living being is a crime, certainly it is a sin. It may or may not be crime. Crime depends on different countries, depends on the certain conditions prevailing in different countries.”
“Suicide is a crime in England. And, to try to commit suicide is also a crime in England. To commit suicide is a crime in England. To try to commit suicide is also a crime in England.
In India, to commit suicide is not a crime. To try to commit suicide, it is a crime, the police will harass him.
And in Japan, to commit suicide, it is not a crime; to try to commit suicide, it is also not a crime.
In England, if one commits suicide, he will be punished; and if one tries to commit suicide, he will also be punished. If one tries to commit suicide, he’ll be punished, he will be punished. And if one commits suicide, they’ll also be punished after death, his property will be confiscated. After death, he will also be punished, in England.”
“But, in India, if one commits suicide, he won’t be punished, his property won’t be forfeited by the government. But if one tries to commit suicide, he will be punished.”
“The crime depends on different conditions, spatial, temporal, and personal conditions, of different portions of the world.” – Umm?
“But there are certain cardinal human values, cardinal human points. Those points remain unassailed. As a matter of principle, abortion is a crime. But, when it is done to save the life of the mother, it is not a crime.” – Uum?
[Someone says---"They’ll call it as therapeutic abortion".]
Bábá’ says: “Yes. Certainly, it is not a crime. Law permits it.”
[Someone asks, "But, sometimes it may also be abused, Bábá. It may also be abused.]
Bábá says: “Yes, yes. It is been abused, yes. I know it, it is been abused. There should be proper check, proper control on it. Guided by a strong medical board or like that.”
[Someone asks —Is it a living body, the embryo, isn’t it?]
Bábá’ says: “Yes. You see, fundamentally, there is hardly any difference between you and an embryo. You have come here outside, and embryo is within the mother, that is the difference.”
And why should deprive that little man from the joys of life?”
[Someone says “it is living man/mind”.]
Bábá’: “Yes. It is not desirable. You are a man, he is also a man, he is now within the body of the mother. And you are outside the body of the mother that is the difference. You have got no moral right to kill him, when he is not your enemy. It is not at all a crime to kill the enemy, but that embryo is not your enemy. How can you kill him? How can you kill him? You can’t kill him. You have got no moral right to kill him.” Umm? …
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