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Abortion in Jewish Religious Law

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Author(s): Barilan, Y. Michael
Abortion is one of the most controversial moral issues of our culture. Possibly it is the only debate in which one side often speaks of the other as “murderers of innocent people,” whereas those labeled as “killers” regard themselves as protectors of human rights and of respect for personal autonomy. Abortion, therefore, poses a serious challenge to all those attempting to practice pluralistic and multicultural ethics. In Judaism, this problem is further accentuated by the fact that in no other …