Date of publication: 2017-08-26 02:17
A woman may feel that until the fetus is born, it is a part of her body, and therefore she retains the right to abort an unwanted pregnancy. Does Judaism recognize a right to choose abortion? In what situations does Jewish law sanction abortion?
From the onset, Dr. Levatino was vaguely troubled by the work but continued to do it for the money. It's highly profitable. I could do three abortions in my office in an hour and a half and make more than caring for a woman nine months and delivering her baby.
Thank you for providing such a profound and informative and essential details about the life-promoting values that are found in halacha on the issue of abortion. Most instructive for all serious, mature critical thinkers on the subject.
But although the foetus has no personhood and therefore none of the rights and privileges of a human being, it must still be protected as a potential human being, and not casually harmed or destroyed.
When you looked at an ultrasound, there was no mistaking that this was a baby. Ladies who came in for mid-trimester (four to six months of pregnancy) abortions were shielded from the images. Several nurses quit. They would bond with the baby they saw on the screen they couldn't take it.
Once I graduated from medical school, I returned to Memphis for residency in ob-gyn at the University of Tennessee. It had become a tradition within our residency program that the most lucrative and sought after moonlighting jobs were found in the three local abortion clinics. You could make good money without having to leave town to work nights in hospital emergency rooms.
Oh my Ben, it seems that you don't understand birth control very well. Some people are actually UNABLE to use birth control because of medical reasons. For example, I myself can't use the patch because the medicine levels cause uncontrollable vomiting, I can't use the shot because my bones break easily (broke my pelvis twice in one year at 69 years old, just from running) and bone fractures are a common long-term side effect of the shot, and because of my history of cervical and breast tumors, birth control that affects my hormones (like the pill) isn't a safe option. I don't fail to use contraception properly..I CAN'T use contraception! Don't jump to conclusions with people.
Does the child become human when it is able to live on its own or is it human when conceived? Science now tells us that a new unique DNA is created at the moment of conception. This new DNA only has the capacity to become a human being, doesn't it? How can it then be permitted ever to destroy it? Are we not placing women in the position of potential executioners when we say that they may "terminate " it? Is this not a kind of final solution writ on an individual level? Does that make it right, because an individual woman makes a decision rather that a govenment official?
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Judaism recognizes psychiatric as well as physical factors in evaluating the potential threat that the fetus poses to the mother. However, the danger posed by the fetus (whether physical or emotional) must be both probable and substantial to justify abortion. 9 The degree of mental illness that must be present to justify termination of a pregnancy has been widely debated by rabbinic scholars, 65 without a clear consensus of opinion regarding the exact criteria for permitting abortion in such instances. 66 Nevertheless, all agree that were a pregnancy to causes a woman to become truly suicidal, there would be grounds for abortion. 67 However, several modern rabbinical experts ruled that since pregnancy-induced and post-partum depressions are treatable, abortion is not warranted. 68
I think you may have a mistake in your chart. There you include the Presbyterian Church in the group supporting abortion with few or no limits. In the text, you put them in the group with some limits, which is where I think they probably are.
Specialists underline that the main discussion and the main arguments are based on the controversy if a fetus should be considered a person or not. Those who take an unborn baby as a person say that abortion should be equal to a murder, that is why it should be banned. Those people who do no consider fetus a person say that it is a personal matter of the expecting mother to make a decision. Who is right and who is wrong in this public discussion? Try to look for more of interesting related materials and find an answer while working on your argumentative essay on abortion.
After the operation you have to reassemble that baby - arms, legs, head, chest - everything. That's when it got rough, even for old-timers like me.
But you are incorrect. The position of most pro-life advocates is that there should be no abortion allowed. Period. I don't know the particular amendment that you are talking about, I just know the opinions of the people that I come into contact with--on the internet, and on the street, and right here in this discussion forum. People who tell even women who have been that they should be carrying those pregnancies to term because what happened isn't the fetus' fault, etc.--such voices represent a large segment of the pro-life movement.
However some rabbis would give permission in such a case if it is argued that the prospect of having a deformed and suffering child is causing the mother severe mental distress. They do this on the grounds that continuing the pregnancy is a threat to the mother.