Abortion in Israel on the decline

Monday, February 07, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

The number of legal abortions performed in Israel dropped by 19 percent in recent years, according to statistics published by the Health Ministry.

Since its rebirth as a nation state nearly 63 years ago, an average of 40,000 Israeli babies have been lost to abortion every year. That’s well over two million unborn children terminated. With numbers like those, it’s very clear that Israel has a major abortion problem.

It doesn’t help that legal abortions are so easily approved in Israel that they have become a standard form of birth control.

So, any drop in the rate of legal abortions is seen as almost a miracle, an unprecedented counter-trend that we can only pray continues.

Two organizations are working hard to make sure the numbers continue to fall.

The pro-life organization Efrat caters primarily to the Orthodox Jewish community, but has been reaching out to Israelis in all walks of life. Be’ad Chaim, a Messianic-run organization, typically reaches a broader cross-section of Israeli society with centers across the country.

Both Efrat and Be’ad Chaim are dedicated to educating young women in unexpected pregnancies on how to handle an unplanned child. Both organizations strongly believe that financial concerns are the number one reason behind abortions, and so they focus a lot of effort on providing financial support to needy pregnant women.

Education regarding the development of the unborn children is also a major point, as both Efrat and Be’ad Chaim are Bible-believing organizations that ultimately view abortion as murder of the unborn.

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