My wife told me that her period had been delay for this month and suspected that she may be pregnant. Our daughter and son are now 7 and 2 years old, respectively. She told me that she does not intend to have a third child and requested my understanding that if she is tested to be positive, she would want to have an abortion.
I told her that I disagreed immediately because having an abortion is taking away life. This is breaking the first precept of not taking away life.
There are four reasons for parents and child relationship:-
1. To repay in gratitude
2. To repay in complaints
3. To collect debts
4. To return debts
From my understanding in karma- cause and effect, with the right condition, this child enters the mother’s womb due to the causes in previous lives. In the event that the child is here to repay with gratitude or return debts, taking our the child’s life would convert this gratitude and love into hatred and anger.
Worst still, if the child is here to collect debts or to repay the complaint, the anger and hatred will be grow exponentially due to taking away the child’s life in the womb.
Every sentient being is a future Buddha. As such, I am also against abortion because taking away the child’s life means one less Buddha in the making. Furthermore, being given the opportunity to have re-birth in the human realm means greater opportunity to be enlightened, compared to the other 5 realms.
Now, back to my wife.
She’s tested to be negative to the pregnancy test kit.