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How does Judaism view abortion?

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Judaism - Abortion and medical technology How does Judaism view abortion? There are many different views on abortion and rabbis have given their opinions over the centuries. The Bible asserts that G-d created all things, but the issue of abortion depends on when life begins in the womb. Read Exodus 21 verses 22 - 23. What does this passage tell us about the mother's life and the unborn child's rights? The passage states that when a mother has a miscarriage due to someone fighting then the offender has to pay a fine, but if the woman is injured then it's life for life. The mother's life is valuable as the Jewish tradition passes through her. Judaism has very few legal bars to abortion; however, there are moral issues to be discussed * Abortion can never be a substitute for birth control. * Abortion is appropriate when the pregnancy would harm the mother's mental or physical health. * The mother should be the primary person to decide if pregnancy should continue, * The foetus is well developed at 15 to 17 weeks and its rights are stronger. ...read more.


Some, but not all, Jews agree with passive euthanasia. REFERENCES FROM THE JEWISH SCRIPTURE Genesis chapter 1 verse 27 G-d created Man in His own image and He created male and female so that the world could be populated. Genesis chapter 2 verse 18 - 25 A reminder at the end of this section that when a man marries he should leave his family and be united with his wife. Deuteronomy chapter 24 verse 1 - 4 The Jewish scriptures do not record when divorce first began. This passage neither institutes divorce nor forbids it, but it does state 2 things: * The man divorcing his wife must give her a written statement intended to protect her. * A divorced woman who remarries cannot return to her first husband if her second husband dies or divorces her. The process of divorce was between 2 families at this time, rather than being a legal matter. If the woman was guilty of misconduct her father would have to forfeit her dowry, if she was divorced without blame he could demand the return of some of it. ...read more.


G-d told Hosea that he should buy her back and bring her home, she was to be punished by living without any sexual relationship for a period of time. Hosea could tell the people that G-d was like a husband whose wife had become an adulteress and a prostitute because hi8s people had failed to worship him alone. They had worshipped idols and foreign gods, but such was G-d's love for them that he was willing, after a period of time (to repent) to have them back as his people. Isaiah 49 verse 5 and 15 Verse 5 reminds us that G-d knows us before we are born (in the womb). This verse says that as a people Israel was called to be G-d's servant from birth or before birth. Verse 15: 'So the L-rd answers, Can a woman forget her own baby And not love the child she bore? Even if a mother should forget her child, I will never forget you' G-d's people may suffer but we are never forgotten. The verse is saying that it would be very unnatural for a mother to forget her baby. Rebecca Zecharia 10M - Mrs Baines ...read more.

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