Available Online: 22 July 2021
Dinh, Kim Anh Thi*
De La Salle University, Philippines (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Last decades, the rate of abortion in Vietnam has constantly increased and has been reaching up to an “alarming level,” mostly among teenagers. The major reasons that have caused this sad reality are the decreasing of consciousness about the value of human life, especially the conflict between the two existing cultures in Vietnamese society today: the “imported” Western culture in which the movement of “living-in” is considered as “fashionable trend” among the Vietnamese teens, and the traditional Vietnamese culture in which value of traditional marriage is highlighted, particularly, having a baby outside the marriage under any form is still not accepted, even this is a shameful thing for the family. This sad phenomenon has caught great concern from the parents and the educators as well. Being a religious educator, the researcher would like to choose and study deeper about this moral issue: Abortion among teenagers in Vietnam today. By using the theological pastoral method “See, Judge, and Act,” this paper will help to understand the Vietnamese context and identify the major elements that cause the moral issue of abortion among Vietnamese teens (See), and then, discerning this issue of abortion from the Biblical, Magisterial and Cultural Perspectives (Judge). Finally, from the pastoral point of view, proposing some practical and appropriate ways that can help in the effort to improve this current moral situation (Act).
Keywords: abortion, human fetus, Vietnamese teenagers, theological pastoral method, Vietnamese context
Cite this article:
Dinh, K. A. T. (2021). Abortion among teenagers in Vietnam today. International Journal of Research Studies in Education, 10(10), 47-59. https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrse.2021.689