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The Israeli Abortion Question

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Simone Gorrindo profiles Efrat, an Israeli organization dedicated to discouraging abortions, today in Tablet Magazine. Its aid to poor mothers who elect to carry babies to term, financial and otherwise, seems benign. But what of its anti-abortion rhetoric, which is frequently reminiscent of pro-life propaganda stateside? And what of the religious implications?


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Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

“Its religious implications?” What about them? I am not aware of any religious obligation to have an abortion. To the limited extent that abortion is is permitted in traditional / halachic Judaism (and the extent of that extent is a matter of dispute) it will never satisfy progressobabbelian expectations.

Yes, I know that this violates the tenets of political correcticism but the rabbis of the Talmud, the Ge’onim, and even Maimonides weren’t sent the memo.

It also might shock you to learn that most Israelis are either religious or traditional. Neanderthals that we are.

Hershel Ginsburg, PhD
Jerusalem / Efrata


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