Judaism and Abortion

Last week, three South Florida rabbis participated in a discussion on, among other things, abortion.  The discussion, reported by the Sun-Sentinel, provided an opportunity for outsiders to understand the abortion issue through the lens of three distinct movements within Judaism.  According to Orthodox Rabbi Moshe Scheiner,

Judaism says that abortion is forbidden, although there are times when it’s permitted.  Judaism does not view abortion as a crime . . . but what God gives us is on loan, so we cannot destroy it.

Meanwhile, the Reform Rabbi Barry Silver suggested that the Bible is silent on abortion and does not indicate that a fetus is a human being.

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