An overview of the issue of abortion from the perspective of judaism

The fact that human life is a precious in the sight of God is illustrated in Genesis9: Abortion is an extremely difficult choice faced by a woman.

Abortion: An Orthodox Christian Perspective on the Sanctity of Human Life

In fact, when the Jews did revert to these pagan practices — as in the time of Jeremiah — they were severely punished by an angry God. Some Hindus support abortion in cases where the mother's life is at imminent risk or when the foetus has a life-threatening developmental anomaly.

Nevertheless, a test may be performed if a permitted action may result, such as performance of amniocentesis or drawing alpha-fetoprotein levels for improved peripartum or postpartum medical management.

The Talmud interprets "the blood of man in man" as to include a fetus, which is the blood of man in man. Various Jewish scholars have expressed additional lenient stances on abortions under specific circumstances. Neither the question of the entry of the soul before birth nor the claim to salvation after death have any practical bearing on the subject.

Decisions of the Supreme Court and State legislatures by which abortion, with our without restrictions, is allowed should be viewed by practicing Christians as an affront to their beliefs in the sanctity of life. Supreme Court struck down even minor restrictions against late-term abortion.

The Talmud Sanhedrin 57b understands this verse to be talking about the killing of a fetus the word translated as "man" in the verse is gender-neutral, and the word "by a man" could also ne seen as "in a person" ; that is a fetus is considered to be alive with regard to the prohibition against murderer and all are warned not to kill him.

There is little denominational or demographic variation on this level of overall support. In such a circumstance, the baby is considered tantamount to a rodef, a pursuer6 after the mother with the intent to kill her.

The canons of the Orthodox Church consider abortion as premeditated murder and all those who participate in the procedure — that is, those who perform, promote, prescribe, advocate, support and undergo abortion — as murderers. Does Judaism recognize a right to "choose" abortion?

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Things that are prohibited under the Noahide laws are also prohibited to Jews. Does Judaism recognize a right to "choose" abortion? Jewish law permits and views abortion as necessary in some cases.

The ancient Jewish historian Philo taught that the term "harm" refers exclusively to the child, and whether a fine is imposed or capital punishment depends on whether the fetus has sufficiently formed, [1] and, according to Rashi and other Talmudic commentators, the term "harm" refers only to the mother, and traditionally, unless the mother was harmed too, only a fine was imposed for causing a miscarriage.

Infringes upon freedom of religion. In all circumstances, it should be her decision whether or not to terminate a pregnancy, backed up by those whom she trusts physician, therapist, partner, etc.

The Mishna explicitly indicates that one must abort a fetus if the continuation of pregnancy might imperil the life of the woman. If we do not have the right to take our own lives, how much more so must it be that we have no right to take the innocent life of the embryo or fetus in the womb?

Abortion in Jewish Law

There is little denominational or demographic variation on this level of overall support. Here the vesperal hymn proclaims: The further along the pregnancy has progressed, the greater the wrong.

We neither ban abortion completely, nor do we allow indiscriminate abortion "on demand. The fetus is a life in the process of development, and the decision to abort should never be taken lightly. The Talmud Sanhedrin 57b understands this verse to be talking about the killing of a fetus the word translated as "man" in the verse is gender-neutral, and the word "by a man" could also be seen as "in a person" ; that is a fetus is considered to be alive with regard to the prohibition against murderer and all are warned not to kill him.

Various Jewish scholars have expressed additional lenient stances on abortions under specific circumstances. The Orthodox Church has had a long history of outspoken condemnation of abortion which dates from Apostolic times.

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This can lead to abortion to prevent the birth of girl babieswhich is called 'female foeticide'. Early rabbinic Judaism[ edit ] In mainstream rabbinic Judaismthe Biblical verse is one of several key texts that substantiate the later rabbinic prohibition on abortion, albeit not as murder.

Tension may exist between increasingly liberal laws permitting abortion and the scientific progress allowing younger and younger fetuses to survive. If a woman is in hard travail, one cuts up the offspring in her womb and brings it forth member by member, because her life comes before the life of her foetus.Please consider expanding the lead to provide an accessible overview of all important aspects of the article.

Please discuss this issue on the article's talk page. (November ) In Judaism, views on abortion draw primarily upon the legal and ethical teachings of the Hebrew Bible.

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Sep 07,  · The abortion debate asks whether it can be morally right to terminate a pregnancy before normal childbirth. Some people think that abortion is always wrong. Some think that abortion is right when. Nov 21,  · The issue of abortion is a charged topic, both hotly and widely debated across the globe.

It is an issue that touches on the core values of religion and civil society. Judaism’s approach to this complicated and sensitive matter differs radically from some of the well-known stances on the topic, such as the Roman Catholic Church’s position. See also related topics: Pregnancy.

Summary (Download “Abortion Overview” as a PDF) More unborn children (over 1, according to Right to Life) are killed in the United States each year than the combined populations of Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Miami. As abortion resurfaces as a political issue in the upcoming U.S.

presidential election, it is worthwhile to investigate the Jewish approach to the issue. The traditional Jewish view of abortion does not fit conveniently into any of the major "camps" in the current American abortion debate.

What is the Jewish view on abortion? Jewish law permits and views abortion as necessary in some cases.

When the mother’s life is at risk .

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