Abortion is a challenging subject for every religion. Jewish people believe in the sanctity of life but accept they must balance individual circumstances with God’s command to populate the Earth.
What is an abortion?
The live birth of a baby
The deliberate prevention of conception
The removal of the foetus before it can survive on its own
Up to what stage of the pregnancy can abortion take place according to English law?
What is adoption?
An individual or a couple become a child’s legal parent(s)
A family friend of the mother looks after a child for a while
A relative of the mother looks after a child for a while
What do Jews believe is meant by sanctity of life?
God gave life and so it must be respected and protected
People have the freedom to do what they want with their lives
God will decide how people behave in their lives
What is meant by a pro-life approach to abortion?
The woman can do what she wants with her body
Only people who are able to support a child should have one
Everything possible must be done to ensure the life of the foetus can continue
What is meant by a pro-choice approach to abortion?
A woman can decide if she wants to continue a pregnancy or not
Jewish law permits an abortion if the mother's life is in danger
Everything must be done to ensure life can continue
What is meant by an absolute moral standpoint?
That there are no rules that apply to anybody
That rules can change depending on the situation
That rules apply no matter what the situation
Which quotation supports those who believe abortion is wrong?
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you."
"Her life takes precedence over its (the foetus') life."
"As long as it did not come out into the world, it is not a living thing."
When does Jewish law permit an abortion?
If the mother is aged under 18
If the mother's life is in danger
If the family cannot afford another child