1. FRIDAY FEATURE: A chance for life, a hope for healing

Friday, March 03, 2006 | 
Israeli national elections are less than a month away and, unlike the United States, the abortion issue will not be the deciding factor in voting for one of Israel’s many parties.

Abortion, the murder of an unborn child, is a legal procedure in Israel. Since the beginning of the State of Israel in 1948, more than 2 million babies have been aborted—that’s more than the total number of those who’ve died in all of Israel’s wars. There are nearly 90,000 abortions a year, or 150 a day. Half of the abortions are by married couples.

Sex education in Israel provides girls with various forms birth control, but does not teach abstinence. Israel allows teens to purchase “the day after pills” over the counter and gives women serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) two free abortions. Of the 22 percent of female soldiers who get pregnant 75 percent opt for abortion.

There are few organizations in Israel providing alternatives to women who believe there is no other option.

Yet, one organization, Be’ad Chaim (put in link), also provides a place for hope and healing. Many women do not believe God can forgive them, but it is no coincidence that the words for womb and mercy have the same root in Hebrew. The same God who created life through the womb provides mercy even for those who took life from their unborn child.

To learn more of how Be’ad Chaim is fighting the war on abortion and showing women the Hope, see the April 2006 edition of israel today. - Sarah Fischer -

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