Israeli rabbis urge end to abortions

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Israel's two chief rabbis on Monday issued a letter urging state-employed rabbis at synagogues across the country to work harder to discourage abortions in the Jewish state.

In the letter, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger and Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar warned that the thousands of abortions taking place in Israel each year were "delaying the redemption" of the nation.

Local rabbis were asked to devote Shabbat sermons to teaching how abortion is a violation of God's Word. They were also asked to pass out anti-abortion literature to couples registering for marriage and to work more closely with anti-abortion organizations.

Abortion is legal in Israel and is even covered by national health care, if a committee approves it. Figures provided by the Efrat anti-abortion organization show that about 20,000 legal abortions are performed in Israel every year and an additional 30,000 illegal abortions take place.

Israel Today has previously covered Jerusalem-based, Messianic-led pro-life organization Be'ad Chaim, which battles abortion in the Jewish state by giving assistance to single expecting mothers who are afraid of or unready to have a child.

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