There is clear precedent in the tradition, as it has developed to our day, to permit abortion of a fetus to save a mother’s life, to safeguard her health, or even for “a very thin reason,” such as to spare her physical pain or mental anguish. Some recent authorities also consider the well-being of other children, and the future of the fetus itself as reasons to permit abortion. All agree that there must be a reason to justify the destruction of the potential person the fetus will become after birth.
“Our conclusion, therefore, must be that abortion is morally wrong. It should be permitted only for therapeutic reasons.”
(originally published in 1959)
In sum, it appears that there is sufficient reason to ban the D & X procedure as a planned procedure of abortion to Jewish women and to Jewish practitioners since it appears, in the eyes of Jewish law, as at least possible that birth has already occurred.
“Accordingly, abortion for “population control” is repugnant to the Jewish system. Abortion for economic reasons is also not admissible. Taking precaution by abortion or birth control against physical threat remains a mitzvah, but never to forestall financial difficulty. Material considerations are improper in this connection. In the Jewish community, today, with a conscious or unconscious drive to replenish ranks decimated by the Holocaust, contemporary rabbis invoke not the more lenient, but rather the more stringent responsa of the earlier authorities.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in the sanctity of human life. Therefore, the Church opposes elective abortion for personal or social convenience, and counsels its members not to submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for such abortions.
The Church allows for possible exceptions for its members when:
• Pregnancy results from rape or incest, or
• A competent physician determines that the life or health of the mother is in serious jeopardy, or
Written by Archpriest Joseph F Purpura
taken from his book: Moral and Ethical Issues: Confronting Orthodox Youth Across North America
“Choose Life ” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
Adopted by the 104th Annual Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Montreal, Quebec, June 1993
Women are short-changed in many aspects of health care, from research and prevention to treatment, access and education. Addressing these inequities is fundamental to women’s rights.
Adopted by the 119th Annual Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Denouncing President Bush’s Decision to Renege on Congress’s Support of the United Nations Population Fund (CCAR)
Adopted by the 114th Annual Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Omni Shoreham, Washington D.C.