Although it now inflames modern political debate, abortion has occupied Jewish legal writings for centuries. With both sensitivity and firmness, Jewish authorities have tackled some of the most difficult challenges of this agonizing procedure. When does life start? When is abortion allowed? And is there room in Judaism for the woman’s right to choose? We turn to the early Jewish thinkers to discover a unique and surprising perspective on this sensitive issue. This lecture took place at the 12th annual National Jewish Retreat.
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