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The Jewish Life League is an organization created to reflect the traditional Jewish pro-life perspective on abortion.  Our fundamental purpose is to enlighten and inform our readers about the tragic consequences that have befallen women and our culture since Roe v. Wade was enacted into law.

The Jewish Life League maintains that life, both born and unborn, is sacred and worthy of protection.   We believe that the current so-called 'pro-choice' position of mainstream liberal Jewish organizations is deceptive and antithetical to the traditional teachings of our faith.  
The Jewish Life League will report on pro-life issues and news, the pro-choice agenda and will provide updates on current legislation surrounding abortion.  We will report on the dangers posed to women by the multi-billion dollar abortion industry.

The Jewish Life League will also provide updates on Planned Parenthood's business, including updates on the recent disclosures of the sale of aborted baby body parts.

The Jewish Life League has an 18 year history online.  The Founder and President of The Jewish Life League, Bonnie Chernin, established the first Jewish Pro-Life Organization on the Internet in 1999.  Jews For Life, as it was known, pioneered the Jewish Pro-Life movement by providing the public with the truth about abortion from the point of view of traditional Judaism.   When Jews for Life was established, we were the first and only Jewish pro-life voice on the internet providing features, articles, education and resources.   Jews For Life remained an active, vibrant online presence until late 2008 when the site was closed.

The Jewish Life League will take up where Jews For Life left off.   The Jewish Life League will promote its pro-life message through our articles, political commentaries, analysis of government policy as it pertains to abortion, as well as discussions, forums and contributions from other writers with similar viewpoints.

"He who saves one life saves the world entire."

Mishnah Sanhedrin, 4:5; Yerushalmi Talmud 4:9, Babylonian Talmud Sanhedrin 37a

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The Jewish Life League was born in 1999, as Jews For Life.   When we started out, the Internet was still new for most people.    There were no iPhones or social media platforms and internet access was strictly via dial-up.   While there were many websites and organizations covering abortion and related issues, there was not a single Jewish organization or voice online that examined abortion from the traditional Jewish perspective.    For many years, we posted articles of critical importance on issues such as abortion and euthanasia, and included current world affairs and cultural commentary.   We welcomed contributing writers and still do.    For article contributions from a pro-life perspective only, our e-mail is:      
We intend to continue as before by reporting on all news about abortion.   There are numerous tragic incidents of women dying, or being seriously injured after undergoing abortions in sub-standard legal abortion mills.   Current news about Planned Parenthood and taxpayer funding of abortions will be included in our articles.  

We will not continue to cover world events unless they are directly related to the abortion industry and/or the topic of assisted suicide.   If there is  important election news, we will disclose which candidates are pro-life and which are pro-abortion.   The same holds true for U.S Supreme Court nominations, and nominations for the lower courts.  

Occasionally, we will cover local events and news stories that relate to life issues, and the injustice that prevails when Courts take away the rights of ordinary citizens.

In addition to abortion, we will include adoption resources and places pregnant women can contact for adoption referrals.   Since the 2016 election there has been a plethora of news coverage, and it is possible we may miss something important.   Don't hesitate to contact us if there is any information you are aware of that we did not cover.
The knowledge and exchange of ideas on the internet has changed the hearts and minds of a majority of people who once considered themselves "pro-choice."   Today, people know more about what really is going on in the abortion industry than in decades past and are becoming increasingly pro-life.   Videos such as David Daleidon's groundbreaking expose of Planned Parenthood and their illegal trafficking of baby body parts exploded on the internet, causing a media firestorm and public outcry.    People knew nothing about this barbaric practice, although these facts were known to pro-lifers as far back as the year 2000 when Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics did extensive research into the  baby harvesting industry.   Pro-life Videos published on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter bring the truth about abortion into focus.    Advances in neonatal technology has lowered the age of viability, and unborn babies are able to survive outside the womb at 24 weeks.    These facts - and many others - will be covered by The Jewish Life League as we report on the news. 
There has been a significant decline in the number of abortions since 1973.   According to the Guttmacher Institute, which receives its data directly from abortionists so is considered to be the most reliable, the number of abortions in the year 2014 was 926,190, dropping to below one million for the first time since 1973.   Abortions are decreasing nationwide and is down in almost every state, and abortion facilities are closing.   This is in large part due to the efforts of pro-life groups, changes in the public perception of abortion, and the fact that many abortionists are forced to shut down their businesses because they refuse to comply with even minimal health and safety standards required by state law.   However, it is because abortion mills are shutting down that there is now a push for easier access to chemical abortions with RU-486 (mifepristone and misoprostol), the deadly "M and M combination cocktail."   While the decline in the number of clinic abortions is good news for babies and women, these statistics may be offset by the increasing number of medical abortions with RU-486.   
Absolutely.   In 2017 alone, 321,384 babies were murdered in Planned Parenthood clinics in the United States, much of it paid for with federal funding.

Moreover, according to Conservapedia's "Abortion statistics" page, there are some startling numbers that show the horror of what has happened over the past 45 years since Roe v. Wade.   Here are a selection of the list of abortion facts:

Nearly half of all African American babies are aborted.
There are approximately 42 million babies aborted annually worldwide.
More than half of all pregnancies in Russia are aborted.
Women identifying themselves as Protestants obtain 37.4% of all abortions in the U.S.
Catholic women account for 31.3%.
Jewish women account for 1.3%
1% of all abortions occur because of rape or incest; 6% of abortions occur because of potential health problems regarding either the mother or child, and 93% of all abortions occur for social reasons.

For the remainder of the statistics visit:  Abortion Statistics on the website.

No.   Bernard Nathanson, who was one of the principal Founders of the National Association to Repeal Abortion Laws (NARAL) presided over 60,000 abortions and performed over 5,000 abortions himself, said they basically made up the statistics about women dying so abortion would be legalized.   Dr. Nathanson had a conversion to the pro-life side and wrote extensively on the deception involved by leaders in the pro-abortion movement.   Here is what he wrote in his book, "Aborting America:"

'How many deaths were we talking about when abortion was illegal? In
NARAL (National Association for Repeal of Abortion Laws) we generally
emphasized the drama of the individual case, not the mass statistics, but
when we spoke of the latter it was always 5,000 to 10,000 a year. I
confess that I knew the figures were totally false, But in the "morality"
of our revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out
of our way to correct it with honest statistics?' The official figures of
maternal death due to illegal abortion before abortion was legalised was
160. Dr Nathanson estimates the actual figure to be around 500 maternal
deaths per year.'    (Bernard Nathanson, Richard Ostling. Aborting America.
Pinnacle Books. New York 1979.)

Dr. Nathanson's obituary in the BMJ revealed the extent of the lies:  

"We fed the public a line of deceit, dishonesty, a fabrication of
statistics and figures. We succeeded [in breaking down the laws limiting
abortions] because the time was right and the news media cooperated. We
sensationalized the effects of illegal abortions, and fabricated polls
which indicated that 85% of the public favoured unrestricted abortion,
when we knew it was only 5%. We unashamedly lied, and yet our statements
were quoted [by the media] as though they had been written in law."

Once Bernard Nathanson became pro-life, he later produced two films, "The Silent Scream" and "Eclipse of Reason" which show what abortion really does to the unborn child.

Starting in the 1940s deaths by abortion began to decline precipitously due to the advent of sulfa drugs and penicillin.   Maternal mortality continued to dramatically decline so that by 1960, In Mary S. Calderone, former Director of Planned Parenthood wrote the following:

"Abortion is no longer a dangerous procedure. This applies not just to therapeutic abortions as performed in hospitals but also to so-called illegal abortions as done by physician. In 1957 there were only 260 deaths in the whole country attributed to abortions of any kind…Second, and even more important, the conference [on abortion sponsored by Planned Parenthood] estimated that 90 percent of all illegal abortions are presently being done by physicians…Whatever trouble arises usually arises from self-induced abortions, which comprise approximately 8 percent, or with the very small percentage that go to some kind of non-medical abortionist…So remember…abortion, whether therapeutic or illegal, is in the main no longer dangerous, because it is being done well by physicians."

There were only 260 deaths in 1957, eleven years before Colorado became the first state to liberalize its abortion laws!   According to the National Center for Health Statistics, by 1966 there were a total of 120 maternal deaths in the U.S., and at this time abortion was still illegal.   Texas Right to Life reports on their Abortion Myths page that after legalization, maternal deaths actually increased.

Since abortion has been legal there has been underreporting of deaths, and the safety standards of clinics are abysmal.   When abortion was a crime, those responsible for killing women and babies were apprehended and put in prison.   Today, the death certificates are often falsified and causes of death covered up, so that the most dangerous abortionists remain in business.

For more facts about the dangers of legal abortion visit the pro-life portal:  The Abortion Files.   The chapters from Dr. Jack Wilke's  book, "Abortion Questions and Answers" can be found at this site, along with pro-life information taken from around the web.    Visit our Pro-Life Resources page for additional organizations as well as the following:
Life Dynamics
Life News
Operation Rescue

No.   In fact, there was a recent article in which reveals that since the abortion pill was approved, as of December 31, 2017 22 women have died, 411 got infections and 1,041 have been hospitalized.   These are the most recent statistics from the FDA.    

The fact is that RU-486 abortions can even be more dangerous than clinic abortions.   That is because it is not a "decision between a woman and her doctor" since the two drugs are taken at home by the pregnant woman or teen and she is not being monitored by a doctor at all.   The pro-abortion forces are trying hard to make these dangerous drugs readily available on college campuses, in drugstores and on the internet.   Keep in mind, too, that these drugs are being promoted by Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro Choice America for use by minor girls without their parents knowledge or permission.

We are making many positive strides in promoting the pro-life message.   Abortion rates are at their lowest in decades.   Most Americans oppose taxpayer-funded abortions.   Operation Rescue reports in an Abortion Clinic Survey that 81% of surgical abortion clinics have closed since 1991, and that 81 abortion clinics closed or reduced services in 2015.   A more recent Operation Rescue survey published in December 2017 reports that 45% of states had at least one abortion facility closing its doors.   In total, 49 abortion facilities - 35 surgical and 14 medication only clinics - closed or halted abortion services.  

Most clinic closings are due to serious health violations and unsanitary conditions.   Americans have seen David Daleidon’s videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the illegal sale of baby body parts. Most Americans are shocked and dismayed to see clinic personnel casually discussing the dismemberment of babies over lunch, and even joking about it.

Despite significant pro-life gains, Americans remain divided or present conflicted views about abortion.   A 2015 poll published on shows that 60% of Americans believe abortion is morally wrong, and 84% of respondents that they would restrict abortion to the first trimester.   Yet, in 2014 a Pew Research Study poll, 53% of Americans stated that abortion should be legal in all or most cases and a Gallup poll showed similar results.   Disparities in polls and surveys need to be examined and explored in more detail.   Much of survey results can be skewed due to the way questions are asked.    
Our hope is with the young people.   The millennials today are becoming more and more pro-life.   This was evidenced by the huge turnout of young supporters at the 2018 March for Life on Washington.   It is inspiring and encouraging to see all the high school and college groups that showed up, and this is good news for the future of the pro-life movement.   While most millennials are liberal on other issues, when it comes to abortion they want to see significant restrictions.   This is a growing positive trend that is not covered by the mainstream media.   
We need to educate voters on why it is vitally important to choose strong, pro-life candidates with proven pro-life records.   It is easy to find out how candidates vote on abortion.   The National Right to Life Political Action Committee publishes the pro-life voting records of candidates in all 50 states.  The states with important elections for November 2018 are updated.

Pro-life groups need to unite and stand behind the enactment of a Human Life Amendment that would guarantee equal rights and protection of the law to preborn children from conception to birth, and call for a reversal of the terrible Roe v. Wade decision that has cost so many babies their lives.   By the way, it is not only babies whose lives are being lost.   Women are being killed and injured by abortionists who are repeat offenders.   Most Americans are not even aware of the abortion deaths that go undocumented, and the laws passed to make abortion more risky for women.

In 2017, there were eight incidents where ambulances had to transport injured women from the  Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger abortion mill in New York City.   Operation Rescue reported 57 medical emergencies requiring ambulance transports in 2017, and 35 of those were at Planned Parenthood clinics.   Operation Rescue President Troy Newman states:

“This incident only adds to the bloody legacy of Margaret Sanger, the racist founder of Planned Parenthood, which is measured in dead babies, and maimed or dead women from predominately poor minority neighborhoods,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We have no idea how many of these eight women even survived their abortion injuries – and Planned Parenthood doesn’t want anyone to know, either. The shroud of secrecy they enjoy, with the help of state authorities, just serves to enable further abuses.”

Some pro-life groups and politicians support abortion restrictions, but will not stand behind a reversal of Roe v. Wade.   As an example, Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) signed into law a ban on all abortions after 20 weeks.   However, Gov. Kasich vetoed a measure known as the "Heartbeat Bill" which would have banned abortion at six weeks, the time after which the fetal heartbeat is detected.    

America is in moral decline and the mainstream media is allied with the abortion industry, not reporting the truth about how Americans feel about abortion.    When polls show a majority of participants stating they are increasingly pro-life and would like to see abortion restrictions enacted, the mainstream media suppresses the results.   If we want real positive change, then pro-lifers need express clearly what being pro-life really means.   The humanity of preborn children is not up for debate.   Life is precious in all its ages and stages, from the moment of conception until natural death.   


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"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you."

Jeremiah 1:5


Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson

"The Lubavitch Rebbe" Copyright© Hava Sebbag

Menachem Mendel Schneerson (April 18, 1902 OS – June 12, 1994 / AM 11 Nissan 5662 – 3 Tammuz 5754), known to many as the Lubavitcher Rebbe or simply as the Rebbe,[2][3] was a Russian Empire–born American Orthodox Jewishrabbi, and the last rebbe of the Lubavitcher Hasidic dynasty. He is considered one of the most influential Jewish leaders of the 20th century.[4][5][6][7]

As leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, he took an insular Hasidic group that almost came to an end with the Holocaust and transformed it into one of the most influential movements in religious world Jewry,[8] with an international network of over 3,000 educational and social centers.[9][10] The institutions he established include kindergartens, schools, drug-rehabilitation centers, care-homes for the disabled and synagogues.[11].  (Source: )

Advising an expectant mother in 1971, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (the Lubavitcher Rebbe) wrote, “Should there be those who desire to persuade [you] that — God forbid — you perform an abortion: Tell them that this constitutes deliberate murder of a creature who is as yet unable to protect himself from those who seek to murder him.”   Read more...

In Rabbi Schneerson's personal correspondence, the Rebbe explains that aborting a pregnancy is a prohibition of Torah law and advises against performing abortions.   Read more...

Rabbi J. David Bleich

Rabbi J. David Bleich – Dr. Bleich is a foremost authority in the field of bio-ethics.   He is a professor of Talmud (rosh yeshiva) at the Rabbi Isaac Eichanan Theological Seminary, an affiliate of Yeshiva University, as well as head of its postgraduate institute for the study of Talmudic jurisprudence and family law. At Yeshiva University, he holds the Herbert and Florence Tenzer Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics and also teaches at the Cardozo Law School. He is married to Dr. Judith Bleich, a historian of 19th-century European Jewry.

Rabbi Bleich is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a postdoctoral fellow at the Hastings Center and fellow of the Academy of Jewish Philosophy.

Rabbi Bleich is the author of Contemporary Halakhic Problems (seven volumes); Bioethical Dilemmas: A Jewish Perspective (two volumes); Jewish Bioethics (a collection of essays, which he co-edited with Fred Rosner); With Perfect Faith: Foundations of Jewish Belief; Time of Death in Jewish Law; Judaism and Healing; and The Philosophical Quest.  He has written extensively on the applications of Jewish law to contemporary social issues and on the interface of Jewish law and the American legal system. He serves as the long-standing contributor of the survey of halakhic literature for Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought.


“A Jew is governed by such reverence for life that he trembles lest he tamper unmindfully with the greatest of all divine gifts, the bestowal or withholding of which is the prerogative of G-d alone.  Although he be master over all within the world, there remain areas where man must fear to tread, acknowledging the limits of his sovereignty and the limitations of his understanding.   In the unborn child lies the mystery and enigma of existence.  Confronted by the miracle of life itself, man can only draw back in silence before the wonder of the Lord.”

(Source:  Contemporary Halakhic Problems, Volume 1.  KTAV Publishing House, Inc.   Yeshiva University Press:  New York and Hoboken, copyright 1977, p. 370.)

"No authority permits an abortion which is non-therapeutic in nature.   There are early rabbinic authorities who expressly declare that ritual laws such as Shabbat observance and fasting on Yom Kippur are suspended in order to preserve the life of the fetus.  Suspension of such significant religious observances is clearly incompatible with indiscriminate license to destroy fetal life."

"As has been shown earlier, Judaism teaches that man does not enjoy unrestricted proprietary rights with regard to his own body, much less so with regard to the body of an unborn child.  Furthermore, the fetus is not merely an appendage to the mother, but is a being in its own right.  The Gemara concludes that the embryo is endowed with a soul a the moment of conception."   

(Source:  Rabbi J. David Bleich.  Judaism and Healing: Halakhic Perspectives.  KTAV Publishing House Inc.  1981, p. 97.

Rabbi Moses Feinstein

Rabbi Moses Feinstein - (1895 –1986) was a Haredi Orthodox rabbi, scholar and an authoritative adjudicator of questions related to Jewish law.   Rabbi Feinstein was world-renowned for his expertise in Halakha, gentleness, and compassion, and was regarded by many as the de facto supreme halakhic authority for observant Jews in North America.   In the Orthodox world, he is widely referred to simply as "Reb Moshe", and his halakhic rulings are often referenced in contemporary rabbinic literature.   He served as president of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis.   (Source:  Wikipedia)

“We must reinforce our sensitivity to the Divine definition of life by reviewing the halachos [Torah laws) that govern preservation of life and prohibit taking of lives.   Specifically, as the Rambam declares; abortion is a type of murder and can never be permitted except when the fetus presents a danger to the mother’s life.  The proposed law in Israel is not only legalized bloodshed.  More than that, it is also a terrible desecration of G-d's name.

(Excerpt from remarks by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, "Abortion in Israel," The Jewish Observer, Sivan, 5736 / May 1976, Volume XI, Number 7, p. 10.)

Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits

Immanuel Jakobovits, Baron Jakobovits (1921 – 1999) was the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1967 to 1991.   Prior to this, he had served as Chief Rabbi of Ireland and as rabbi of the Fifth Avenue SYsnagogue in New York City.   In addition to his official duties he was regarded as an authority in medical ethics from a Jewish standpoint. He was knighted in 1981 and became the first Chief Rabbi to enter the House of Lords in 1988 as Baron Jakobovits.  


"I had asked the Association for the current statistics on the number of abortions performed annually.   They quoted 40,000 as the most recent figure.   That was twenty years ago!  This was something absolutely catastrophic for the security of Israel, quite apart from halachic considerations.  The pikuach nefesh (survival) of the Jewish people itself was at stake.  We had by now wiped out before birth, smothered in their mothers' wombs, something like 2 million potential Israelis who would have been born and bred as perfectly healthy children.  All this as a result of liberal abortion laws and practices.  

"Had Israel eliminated the evil of easy abortion, the Jewish population would today be well over 5 million instead of 3 million, and what a difference this would have made to Israel's security if not to its economy as well!"

(Source:  "The Role of Jewish Medical Ethics in Shaping Legislation," by Lord Immanuel Jakobovits.   In Medicine and Jewish Law, edited by Fred Rosner, M.D.   Jason Aronson Inc.:  Northvale, New Jersey, London, c1990.)

Rabbi Norman (Nachum) Lamm

Norman (Nachum) Lamm (born December 19, 1927) is an American Modern Orthodox rabbi, scholar, author and Jewish communal leader. He was the Chancellor of Yeshiva University until he announced his retirement on July 1, 2013.

He holds a Ph.D. in Jewish philosophy and was the third President of Yeshiva University, the first to be born in the United States. He was a disciple of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (one of Orthodoxy's most influential modern scholars), who ordained him at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, Yeshiva University's rabbinical school in 1951.  (Source:  Wikipedia)

“The freedom of parents to crush prenatal life, which now seems to be in vogue, will eventually lead to utter destruction,” Rabbi Norman Lamm stated in 1970, “because it is only a small leap of logic from feoticide to infanticide, to getting rid of infants who may not fulfill our ideals of mental and physical health, or, eventually, ethnic and genetic respectability.”

Rabbi Lamm reiterated those themes in a
 sermon from 1976: “Never, never, must we allow this desacralization of life — whether in the form of benevolent euthanasia or free and easy abortions … or any of the other manifestations of this fundamental antagonism to life — to influence us.”

(Source:  Ben Shapiro's comments about Rabbi Lamm's pro-life position.  Quoted  In "Judaism and the Unborn:  Which Stance is the Right Stance?"  by Myles Kantor, The Daily Caller, July 18,2018.)   

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (1903 – 1993) – was an Orthodox rabbi, Talmudist, and modern Jewish philosopher. The Rav, as he came to be known, ordained closed to 2,000 rabbis over the course of almost half a century.   He served as an advisor, guide, mentor, and role-model for tens of thousands of Jews, both as a Talmudic scholar and as a religious leader.   (Source:  Wikipedia)

In 1975, Rabbi Soloveitchik made the following statement while he was teaching a class:

“And if you kill the fetus, a time will come when even infants will be killed…If the dominant principle governing the logos [“thinking capacity”] is that abortion is morally permissible because only a mother has a right to decide whether she wishes to be a mother, then infants may similarly have their lives terminated after birth."

(Source:  Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik, "You Murder the Children."    Article and Quote Source:   The Jewish Press )

Rabbi Akiva Tatz is a prominent South African Orthodox rabbi, inspirational speaker and writer who is heavily involved in Orthodox Jewish outreach. He is also a physician and world-renowned expert in Jewish medical ethics.[1].   (Source:

"The default position is that it (abortion) is not allowed, no matter what the American courts may say, and that it's a woman's right to her own body and so forth...Judaism says quite clearly that terminating a pregnancy is not allowed."

"The Zohar says that one of the categories of people who drive divine presence from the world is people who are engaged in the destruction of pregnancy.  The Zohar actually gives a reason; it says that this is the personal handiwork of Hashem in progress; the formation of a human being and terminating a pregnancy or destroying a fetus is kabbalistically extremely negative."

From a lecture by Dr. Rabbi Akiva Tatz.   Rabbi Akiva Tatz. “Medical Halacha (Law) – Abortion.”   Simple to Remember - Judaism Online.

Rabbi Pinchas Mordechai Teitz -  Rabbi Pinchas Mordechai Teitz was a scion of a line of rabbis stretching back centuries. He was born in Latvia and trained in rabbinical seminaries in Lithuania. He arrived in the United States in 1933 for what he thought would be a yearlong lecture tour. Instead, he stayed to marry Bessie Preil, daughter of Rabbi Elozor Mayer Preil, the rabbi of what was then a small Orthodox community in Elizabeth. He succeeded his father-in-law in the rabbinate upon Rabbi Preil's death in the 1930's. Since then, the community, founded in 1881, has grown to some 5,000 people affiliated with five synagogues under one united rabbinate. Rabbi Teitz established that rabbinate and the family tradition is upheld by his son, Rabbi Elazar Mayer Teitz, who has been his associate since 1958. The Jewish Educational Center he founded [in 1941] made Elizabeth the fourth American city, after New York, Boston and Baltimore, to offer a full-range Jewish and secular education. It consists of the elementary Yeshiva, along with Mesivta Academy, a high school for boys, and Bruriah High School for girls. Together, they have more than 900 students. When he founded the Jewish Educational Center, the preamble of its bylaws promised that it would become something for Jewish communities throughout the United States to emulate. Its success was recognized by the Government of Israel in 1968, when it singled out Elizabeth as a model Jewish community and presented it with a medal(Source:    Obituary Source:   The New York Times

“Shedding of innocent blood in Jewish life is so reprehensible that at times even those not responsible for the act of murder who hear of such an incident must dissociate themselves from it.”

 “How then, are we to respond with less than shock to the killing of 100,000 fetuses through abortion in Israel, year after year?  This is certainly a sin against Torah. . .It is a crime against Jewry, against mankind, and even against the Land itself – for the Torah clearly warns that the Land, in its sensitivity to corruption, can tolerate no bloodshed.” 

Rabbi Moses D. Tendler

"Many of the population-control techniques being proposed for mass use are categorically unacceptable to Judaism.  Surgical intervention, in the form of vasectomies (male), oophorectomies, and tubal ligations (female), or abortions, is forbidden to both Jew and non-Jew unless necessitated by life-threatening medical emergencies.   Abortion is included in the Noachidic prohibition of murder."

Tendler, Moses M.  “Population Control – The Jewish View.”   Jewish Bioethics, edited by Fred Rosner and J. David Bleich, KTAV     Publishing House, 2000, pp. 121.   Reprinted from Tradition (Fall, 1966)  Copyright 1966 by the Rabbinical Council of America.

Rabbi Joseph Karasick - Rabbi Joseph Karasick was president of the Orthodox Union from 1966-1972 and chairman of its Board of Directors from 1972-1978.

Rabbi Bernard L. Berzon - Rabbi Berzon was president of the Rabbinical Council of America from 1970 to 1972, and was vice president of the Religious Zionists of America from 1971 to 1973.

“In Judaism, the life of an unborn child is sacred and only when it is a threat to the mother can the moral issue of abortion be resolved.  For each person to decide arbitrarily, on the basis of economics or convenience, whether a fetus is to survive is literally for man to play G-d and is religiously blasphemous and socially destructive.”

 - Taken from a joint statement released in July of 1970 by Rabbi Karasick and Rabbi Berzon.   At this time abortion laws in New York had been liberalized and abortion was legal in the state for the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. -

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Aiding Abusers: Planned Parenthood's coverup of child sex abuse 

Abortions at Planned Parenthood Increase 142% Even Though Abortions Decline Nationwide

How Planned Parenthood’s first abortion center went from ‘pregnancy detection’ to abortion

Past Planned Parenthood president instrumental in pushing to decriminalize abortion

How Planned Parenthood Profits from Fetal Tissue “Donation”

Planned Parenthood’s latest ploy to promote youth abortions: VR technology

Abortion History:   

A brief history of the American pro-life movement

Abortion on Conservapedia

How many women really died from illegal abortion prior to Roe v. Wade?

How Cosmopolitan and the feminist movement became unlikely allies

Pro-Life articles:

Supreme Court Rejects Planned Parenthood Challenge to Arkansas Pro-Life Law That Could Close Two Abortion Clinics 

Iowa governor signs bill banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected

Thousands Gather for Record-Breaking London March for Life

Iowa legislature passes bill to ban all abortions after an unborn baby's heartbeat begins

Why pro-life feminism is more important now than ever

Mom of girl with Down syndrome: Mia is ‘a different kind of perfect’

The Dangers of Legal Abortion

Butcher of Bellevue Strikes Again, But This Time, Public Recording of the Abortion Emergency is Blank

Abortionist faces 15 years for killing woman in botched legal 26-week abortion

Abortionist on trial after woman bled to death from late-term abortion

Supreme Court:

It's Official: Judge Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed To Supreme Court After Hellacious Nomination Battle

After tumultuous Kavanaugh hearing, swing-vote senators weigh judge's fate: 'It's a tough one' 

Dramatic testimony from Kavanaugh, Ford included outrage, emotion, history 

Kavanaugh Rips Democrats: “You’ve Destroyed My Family” But “I Will Not be Intimated Into Withdrawing” 

Conservative Media:

Renew America


Conservative Review

World Net Daily

CNS News

Pro-Life Groups Endorse Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer and Three Pro-Life Congressmen

Adoption the Loving Option

Adoption the Loving Option
If you are a young woman facing an unplanned pregnancy and are feeling scared, you are not alone!   Pregnancy resource centers and adoption services are available throughout the United States and in Israel.  

These centers will provide you with the support, comfort and care you need throughout your pregnancy.    An unplanned pregnancy need not be a crisis.   These organizations offer life-affirming options so that you do not have to resort to a difficult and painful abortion decision.

Women are often pressured into choosing abortion because they felt helpless and in need of support.   If you speak with older women who went through the abortion experience when they were young or listen to their abortion video testimonies on YouTube, you’ll learn that many of them were frightened and coerced into making a choice they ended up regretting later on.  On the other hand, young women who choose life for their unborn children rarely regret their decision.
Today, there are many opportunities for a birthmother to make an informed adoption decision.  With the availability of open adoption, you can make arrangements with the adoptive family whether you wish to remain in contact and how often.  Because of this flexibility, the adoption process does not pose that conflict as in previous generations.  

If you are not ready or in a position to raise your baby, there are many couples desperately seeking a child to adopt.   According toLife News, there are about 2 million couples currently waiting to adopt in the United States.   That means there are as many as 36 couples waiting for every one child who is placed for adoption.

Your baby can be a source of joy for a loving couple that cannot have children of their own.   Your baby can be raised in a wonderful home, and have a beautiful future.   Adoption counselors can guide you, offering you the option of choosing the adoptive family for your baby, with photos and stories posted to help with your decision.

We have listed a number of adoption services and pregnancy centers that specifically work with Jewish families, and help Jewish birthmothers place their babies with families that reflect our heritage and culture.   Many of the additional listings, such as Birthright International, are interdenominational and provide services to any birthmother in need, regardless of religious background.   So please consider inquiring from all of the adoption centers on the list.

You can find the care and comfort you need, in a choice that is life-affirming. Life is a precious gift to give your baby.  
The help is FREE and the calls are confidential and FREE.  

Should you decide to keep your baby, many of the Pregnancy Resource Centers below will also provide you with assistance and answer your questions.  

The information below reflects the mission of each organization, and is taken directly from their websites to provide women in a crisis or unplanned pregnancy situation with a summary of the services offered, which should help make an initial contact easier and more informed.
Life is a precious gift to give to your baby.   You’ll be glad you did.

Please visit our Adoption Assistance and Pregnancy Care pages for a list of adoption resources and agencies that offer 24/7 phone line support and online chat services for pregnant women needing assistance.

Bonnie Chernin
Founder, Jewish Life League

Note:  If you offer adoption services or provide life-affirming help for birthmothers and wish to have your service displayed on our Adoption Assistance and Pregnancy Care page, please contact us at

Pregnancy Care

The Bridge to Life

147-32 Sanford Avenue, 2nd floor
Flushing, New York 11355



Phone and 24 Hour Hotline:   (718) 463-1810
Call or Text:  (516) 387-2055 
Fax:   (718) 463-1813 

Material Assistance Phone:    (718) 463-1821    
Astoria Material Assistance:   (718) 274-3577

From The Bridge to Life Website:  

We provide informative, honest and compassionate counseling to empower pregnant women to choose life while serving our families with support, guidance and material assistance in order for them to raise their children in a loving and secure environment.

We aim to be the bridge that helps mothers provide for their children. We provide self-administered pregnancy tests, multilingual counseling and referrals for free ultrasounds, support groups and housing. Through our material assistance program we are able to provide tangible support to expecting women and couples. By providing families with much needed items, we are able to eliminate some of their financial strain and empowering them to be able to choose life for their baby. 

There are many Ways to Donate to help mothers in need.   BWSC is a 501(3)(c) charity.  

10 Ha'Iluy Street,
P.O.B. 34204
Jerusalem 9134101
Tel: 02 545 4500

Committee for the Rescue of Israel's Babies
1274 49th St. Suite 569
Brooklyn, NY 11219
Tel: 718 697 7022



From their website:

EFRAT is a non-profit organization register in Israel, U.S.A., Canada, England and France.

Its mission is to empower women to make an informed choice about the future of their pregnancy by providing them with personal counseling, prenatal medical consultation and postnatal family support.   In addition EFRAT supports women by providing advice regarding exercising rights, such as access to public housing projects, liaison with social security offices and banks and by offering legal assistance through volunteer lawyers where necessary.

EFRAT aims to enable women to have a positive impact on their own lives and break out of the cycle of distress by offering opportunities to access vocational training and achieve financial independence.

EFRAT has been privileged to help over 71,000 women since the organization was formally established in the 1977. This is a staggering number and means that over 71,000 women have been empowered and supported in their choice to continue their pregnancy and keep their baby.

In Shifra’s Arms
PO Box 7212
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Call our helpline at:    1-888-360-5872  
Reach our counselors directly by texting:    646-632-8547
Contact form on the website.
Website:   In Shifra's Arms

From In Shifra's Arms website:

Our mission is to nurture vulnerable pregnant Jewish women and help them build a positive future for themselves and their children. Through our professional counselors, In Shifra’s Arms helps women navigate unplanned or difficult pregnancies so they don’t have to take the journey alone. We offer emotional and practical support from the first trimester through the baby’s first birthday. We also offer caring follow-up in cases of abortion/miscarriage. In every case, we treat our clients with unconditional kindness, compassion and respect.

Pregnant Women:

Our Counseling: Our professional counselors are available for crisis counseling and support through baby’s first birthday. Their support also includes post-abortion or miscarriage counseling should you need it.

Our Community Connections:  We can refer you to partner agencies who offer housing, employment and other support you may need.

Our Material Aid:   We can send you care packages, maternity clothing/supplies and baby clothing/supplies if needed.

Our Financial Aid:  We can provide grants to help with your most urgent needs not met by other community agencies.

Just One Life

16 King George Street
Jerusalem, Israel 91024
T: (02) 625-4973
F: (02) 625-4994

Rabbi Martin Katz
Executive Vice President-USA

587 Fifth Avenue, Suite 702
New York, NY 10017
T: (212) 683-6040



Save a Life in Israel Today!

Every day in Israel, in a moment of panic and distress, an expectant mother in crisis decides to terminate her pregnancy. Already stretched to her limit economically and psychologically, she fears the future. Distraught and conflicted, pushed to the brink, she sees no other way out. Women with medically at risk pregnancies face difficult decisions as well. 

Our Services:

Just One Life helps relieve burdens before and after the baby arrives. The needs of each family are evaluated by our staff of professional social workers to determine what we can do to help. Depending on the individual plan, a family will receive a monthly subsidy and counseling to relieve its stress. Most important, this mother now has an opportunity to spend these months preparing emotionally and financially to receive the new addition to her family. 

Just One Life offers expectant mothers a helping hand to guide them through the months of pregnancy and beyond. Just One Life enables and empowers mothers to have the children they so desire. We provide each family financial support to help them through their crisis.

Just One Life is a 501(c)-3 nonprofit organization, whose focus is the Israeli family faced with the dilemma of an untimely or medically at risk pregnancy. When pregnant women are grappling with difficult choices, it is important for them to know that they are not alone, that there is an organization - caring people and dedicated mental health professionals - that they can turn to for assistance.

Just One Life’s team of professional social workers combined with a financial assist from our dedicated supporters provide the opportunity for our clients to be empowered to make critical future-focused decisions for themselves and their families with support, clarity, and confidence.


Please visit our Adoption Page that provides additional detailed information about a number of the pregnancy resource centers and adoption agencies listed below.   Our hope is to ensure that any woman who find herself in an unplanned pregnancy situation has access to the resources available so she can make a well-informed decision about her baby.     


Be'ad Chaim - Israel Pro-Life - Committee for the Rescue of Israel's Babies.   Offering help and new hope for women in crisis pregnancies by providing counseling, education, and practical provision. In this way we can help the men and women of Israel to choose LIFE.

C.R.I.B. - Efrat -  Its mission is to empower women to make an informed choice about the future of their pregnancy by providing them with personal counseling, prenatal medical consultation and postnatal family support.

Just One Life - Israeli organization offers expectant mothers a helping hand to guide them through the months of pregnancy and beyond.

In Shifra's Arms - In Shifra’s Arms is the only Jewish unplanned pregnancy organization in the United States.   Their mission is to help struggling pregnant women to build a positive future for themselves and their children.  They offer both counseling and practical resources throughout pregnancy and after birth as needed.


The following pro-life groups and organizations offer valuable and current information, investigative reporting and resources on abortion and assisted suicide.   The Jewish Life League believes these are the top pro-life organizations on the web today.    They are listed in alphabetical order. -  An online resource designed to creatively and comprehensively educate students about the injustice of abortion, and provide them with simple tools to help pass that education along to others.

The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists - The reason AAPLOG exists is to encourage and equip its members and other concerned medical practitioners to provide an evidence-based rationale for defending the lives of both the pregnant mother and her unborn child.

Americans United for Life-  The nation’s premier pro-life legal team, works through the law and legislative process to one end: Achieving comprehensive legal protection for human life from conception to natural death. The nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization holds the unique distinction of being the first national pro-life organization in America— incorporated in 1971, before the infamous Roe v. Wade decision. - Exposing the origins of genocide and the current crisis of abortion in the African-American community.

Center for Bioethical Reform - Working to establish prenatal justice and the right to life for the unborn, the disabled, the infirm, the aged and all vulnerable peoples through education and the development of cutting edge educational resources.

Center for Medical Progress - Groundbreaking undercover investigation and videos exposing Planned Parenthood and their baby harvesting business.

Family Research Council Family Research Council recognizes and respects the inherent dignity of every human life from conception (whether by natural or artificial means) until death. FRC desires to help build a culture of life, holding that all human life is a gift to be treasured.  

Human Life International - HLI defends both the God-given life and dignity of all human persons from conception until natural death, and the natural family based on marriage—the  fundamental human institution defined by a lifetime union between one man and one woman that is open to life.

Life Dynamics -  Their mission is simple: to end legalized abortion in America and restore legal protection to the unborn. Life Dynamics have always striven to be the most innovative and the cutting edge of the pro-life movement.

Life Issues Institute - Founded in 1991 by J.C. Willke, MD, and Bradley Mattes, Life Issues Institute is a non-profit (501 c 3) international organization dedicated to changing hearts and minds of millions of people through pro-life education.

Life News - Independent news agency devoted to reporting news that affects the pro-life community. With a team of experienced journalists and bloggers, reaches more than 750,000 pro-life advocates each week via our web site, email news reports, social networking outreach and weekday radio program.

Life Site News - Launched in September 1997, is a non-profit Internet service dedicated to issues of culture, life, and family.   LifeSiteNews Daily News reports and information pages are used by numerous organizations and publications, educators, professionals and political, religious and life and family organization leaders and grassroots people across North America and internationally.

LiveAction -  Leading pro-life platform founded by Lila Rose.  With the largest online presence in the pro-life movement, Live Action reaches millions of people each month with their eye-opening and life-saving content. - Eye-opening documentary film about the eugenics origins of abortion, and black genocide in America going back 150 years leading to birth control and abortion.

March for Life- The Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., began as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world.  Their mission is to end abortion by uniting, educating, and mobilizing pro-life people in the public square.   In addition to the March in Washington, the website lists local marches for life throughout the United States.

National Right to Life News- The mission of National Right to Life is to protect and defend the most fundamental right of humankind, the right to life of every innocent human being from the beginning of life to natural death.  National Right to Life works to achieve its mission through education, legislation and political action.  Its activities include  providing research, educational materials,  information and leadership training for effective right-to-life citizenship as well as sponsoring legislation which will advance the protection of human life and supporting the election of public officials who defend life.

Operation Rescue - One of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation. Operation Rescue® recently made headlines when it bought and closed an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas and has become perhaps the most visible voice of the pro-life activist movement in America. 

Students for Life of America -  An organization that exists to recruit, train and mobilize the pro-life generation to abolish abortion, build relationships with young people.   In eight years, Students for Life has grown to over 838 Student Life Groups on high school and college campuses throughout America,


Hope After Abortion - Project Rachel program is intended to reach out to women experiencing grief from the loss of a child by abortion, and to offer them reconciliation and healing. - Rachel's Vineyard weekends for healing after abortion are offered throughout the year in locations across the United States and Canada, with additional sites around the world. Rachel’s Vineyard is a ministry of Priests for Life.

Silent No More - Silent No More Awareness is a Campaign whereby Christians make the public aware of the devastation abortion brings to women and men. The campaign seeks to expose and heal the secrecy and silence surrounding the emotional and physical pain of abortion.


Heartbeat International - Heartbeat International is the largest worldwide network of pregnancy help organizations.   It is the first network of pro-life pregnancy resource centers in the U.S. and the most expansive in the world. Since 1971, Heartbeat has supported, strengthened and started over 2,500 pregnancy help locations on every inhabited continent to provide alternatives to abortion.

Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation - The largest pro-life organization in Pennsylvania, their website offers a directory with a comprehensive list of pregnancy resource centers throughout numerous counties in the state.   They are listed in alphabetical order by county, and the telephone number.   Pennsylvania’s toll-free pregnancy help hotline 1-888-LIFE-AID.   National hotlines to call are 1-800-395-HELP or 1-800-712-HELP.  


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Weekly Torah Portion


With Rabbi Chaim Richman



Welcome to the first edition of the JLL Letter.   Admittedly, the format is basic and primitive, but that will change over time.   What is important is providing readers with current, updates of everything going on in the pro-life movement, and what the abortion industry is up to.   If there is news on other websites that is important for you to know, we will publish it here.

We welcome suggestions from readers regarding pro-life news, legislative updates and any information that will bring more awareness to the public of the terrible consequences of legalized abortion.     We also welcome news pertaining to assisted suicide, which is becoming an worldwide epidemic.   

To read our first issue, please click this link:   JLL Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 1 October 22, 2018.pdf


GOSNELL:  THE TRIAL OF AMERICA'S BIGGEST SERIAL KILLER. -  This movie will be released on October 12 in select theaters throughout the United States.

THE KAVANAUGH HEARINGS AND CONFIRMATION - The protests were long, ugly and uncalled for.   Many liberal Jewish organizations support abortion and are opposed to Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation.   We will report on the pro-abortion activities of these groups.  

JUSTICE KAVANUGH:  Do abortion supporters have reason to be worried? 

CHEMICAL ABORTIONS - They CAN be reversed!

SIMCHAT TORAH - A time to celebrate the JOY of the Torah.