The Outcome of Legal Abortion
Roe v. Wade and its companion law Doe v. Bolton, the two laws that mandated legal abortion throughout the United States, nullified all state laws and gave women the right to obtain unlimited abortions, not for severe physical or psychological disability, but for convenience and birth control without intervention. Doe v. Bolton is the companion law that codified Roe and legalized abortion for all nine months of pregnancy. To accomplish this, the U.S. Supreme Court denied personhood to the unborn child, ultimately rejecting the child's right to life. The ruling was crafted to intentionally be vague, and the term "health" is broad enough to allow abortion for any reason. Health is defined in Doe v. Bolton as follows: "All factors - physical, emotional, psychological, familial and the woman's age - relevant to the wellbeing of the patient." This definition in Roe is too broad to meet the stringent requirements of Jewish law and principles.
Since 1973, there have been 60 million abortions committed in the United States. Conservapedia reports that less than 1% of these abortions are due to rape or life of the mother exceptions, and these situations are extremely rare when it comes to induced abortion. There are almost 1 million abortions committed every year in the United States.
As of 2017, the population of Israel is 8.6 million, and of that there are 6.4 million Jews. In 2016, there were 186,000 babies born in Israel. The annual number of abortions is estimated to be about 40,000 - 50,000 per year. Since 1948, there have been 2 million babies killed by abortion in Israel. It is a second Holocaust.
These numbers are appalling, and reflect a secular society that has embraced moral relativism and rejected G-d. There is a diminished empathy and compassion not only for babies, but also for all the less fortunate among us. Those deemed too sick or infirm; those who are old and frail, are often eliminated by assisted suicide.
Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics has often stated in his podcasts that once you devalue life on one side of the spectrum (preborn babies) its only a matter of time before you devalue all human life. His bi-weekly podcasts with co-host Renee Hobbs offer updates and news about what really is going on in the abortion industry.
Post-abortion trauma is also a very serious problem that is covered up in the mainstream media. Feminists and pro-aborts have dismissed the fact that women are frequently left emotionally and physically scarred from their abortions, and many unable to carry a later pregnancy to term. Operation Rescue documents serious abortion injuries and deaths. Their website provides online videos of abortion victims being transported from clinics that are often unregulated and not meeting the Health Department standards in their states.
G-d created man in His image, and commanded us to go forth and multiply. If we are to respect and revere life, this message is to apply the commandment to all stages of life. Judaism never allows abortion for choice; such an idea is absurd. In the ancient world, while pagan culture allowed and even condoned abortion and infanticide, it was the Jewish people who abstained from such evil practices. Only in the most extreme and rare circumstances, when pregnancy puts a woman’s life is in danger, is abortion permitted. Other than that, the answer is NO.
Mainstream Jewish organizations and civil rights activists endorse a pro-abortion position that is antithetical to our faith and not substantiated by Torah teachings or Halacha. Facts and truth don’t matter to pro-aborts. They advance the “pro-choice” position to promote their legislative agenda. This disturbing trend has convinced many Jews that taking a liberal stance on abortion is ok. This sets a dangerous precedent, informing the public that sanctioned killing of innocent babies is ok. That viewpoint is now widespread and prevalent among many Jews in the United States. The 2015 Pew Research poll shows that 83% of American Jews think abortion should be legal in all or most cases. That is definitely not ok.
The preborn child is considered a life in formation in G-d's image that has value and must be protected. We are depriving our world of future generations. We are murdering innocents. What’s more, abortion does not free women. It enslaves them to a negative ideology that leaves them changed and damaged.
As written in Isaiah 5:20, “Woe upon those who call evil good, and good evil.” Judaism is a pro-life religion. Any attempts by special interest groups embracing a “pro-choice” abortion ethic are promoting evil as good. That is why they must be denounced.
“Let Our People Grow!”
Rabbi Yehuda Leven, March of Life, January 2010