Chris Shelton | What Do Scientologists Think About Abortion?



now 76 there is one particular issue that I find confusing and can't seem to find the full explanation for online could you please clarify for me the Church of Scientology's position and belief system concerning abortion if l ron Hubbard stated in Dianetics that people could suffer considerable negative emotional fallout from the time when they were a fetus caused by hearing their parents arguing how can abortion or the strong consideration of abortion not also have substantial negative consequences for the fetus / person when is the soul believed to enter a fetus in Scientology if the soul is considered to be present from the point of conception then what happens to the soul of the fetus is aborted do Scientologists believe the soul passes on to another fetus if this is the case does that new fetus / person still experience negative emotions from being aborted in a past life okay well you're probably given it a hell of a lot more thought Mel than anybody in Scientology ever is I can tell you that Hubbard talked about in the Dianetics book the attempted abortions and the the psychological damage that it can occur to a person form attempted abortions and Hubbard paints this picture in Dianetics that attempted abortions are going on all the time everywhere all across America and it's quite a quite a bizarre picture that he paints from his case studies which we you know have later learned are actually Hubbard himself that's how he treated his wives and so he just sort of projected that on to everybody else and it's pretty sick viewpoint really so as far as as far as the viewpoint of abortion in Scientology goes clearly they're okay with it because in the see organization and in Scientology in general if it's inconvenient to have a child abort it nobody cares you know they don't they don't really make a big thing about it especially in the see organization and unfortunately our personal experience of that so so they'll justify you know abortion meaning taking it all the way you know when you go to abortion clinic and you and you have an abortion you know Hubbard's whole thing about attempted abortions that's attempted abortions right so there's a difference I remember one Hubbard reference where he talks about spiritual beans the the fate ins taking over a body you know what she called the Assumption near the time of birth so you know I don't know I don't know that that's some hard fast bound rule I mean I suppose if you know as if in this in the world of Scientology it could be believed that a spiritual being could connect up with a with a you know a little tiny body that's still growing but you know I don't know there's no real hard and fast rule on it in Scientology and if you aborted a fetus that had a spiritual being connected with it then he would just go off and get into the body you know they don't really think about it too much when it comes to that kind of thing and if they did then they just go yeah he's gonna go get another body so who cares right that's about how much thought would be put into it

4 Replies to “Chris Shelton | What Do Scientologists Think About Abortion?”

  1. Our individual DNA process is a continuous process, unfurling from the moment of conception. There is no later stage of our existence that is not dependent on earlier stages of our existence, as a continuous entity in space and time. Our DNA process is continuous in both space and time from the moment of our conception, to the moment of our death.

    Acceptance, rationalization of the termination of an already unfurling DNA process, once invited to unfurl, requires the irrational acceptance of a temporal bias. In the continuum of space/time, that continuously unfurling DNA process is not a complete individual human 'yet.' That is because we are not regarding that human over the complete time-space continuum that it exists in. But, the only thing required to see the complete individual human is the passage of time.

    We are of course much more than our unfurling DNA processes, but whatever we are, the basis of our life, cannot exist without the unmolested possession of that unfurling DNA process.

    The fetus is a concrete example of a new individual DNA process, unfurling. There is and has been a conflict to define the most fundamental aspect of an individual — the term of its existence. The resolution of this conflict — between the newest individual and others — is resolved by others, based on whatever philosophical or moral guidance they bring to the conflict. The rationalizations in support of abortion boil down to the convenience of the others, based mostly on a shaky temporal bias that is permitted to stand, unquestioned.

  2. That was a interesting question and helpful answer! I’ve wondered the same thing before… thanks, Chris!

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