Judaism 's View Of Life Or Pro Choice Essay

1284 Words Feb 16th, 2016 6 Pages
When Judaism was founded, its view of a god was much different from those of pre-existing religions. The monotheistic religion viewed God as kind, merciful, and selfless. Other religion’s saw their gods as self-concerning, amoral beings. Judaism’s God also made man. In the Torah, Genesis 1:26-27 states, “And God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” From this quote, many conclude that since God made man, then abortion must be a bad thing in Judaism: not necessarily. In fact, the Torah does not address abortion. Judaism has a very unique approach to abortion. The religions can neither be categorized by pro-life or pro-choice, majorly because Jews have their own legal ethics and are unassociated with Anglo-American legal rubrics. Instead, Jews accept abortion within the first 40 days, or due to medical issues. Within the first 40 days of pregnancy, the fetus isn’t considered human, or even living. Rabbi Yitzchok Breitowitz said that, “Talmud records in a number of instances that fetal development prior to the 40th day is considered ‘mere water’.” The embryo is equivalent to a extension or limb of the mother and she therefore has rights over her fetus. After the 40 day mark, the fetus is considered a potential human life. According to the Law of Niddah, at birth, the child’s status suddenly changes from a potential human life to a being protected under the Jewish law. The Law of Niddah (4:3) directly states,…

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