Rabbi Ze’ev Smason of Nusach Hari B’nai Zion said his views are shaped by Judaism, which “cherishes fetal life but prioritizes” the life “of the mother in tragic cases of conflict. Jewish law does require termination of the pregnancy in order to save her life, even if the child could not survive the procedure.”
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As such, Smason said he would view the Supreme Court decision as a positive development if it “brings the law of the land closer to the idea that abortion should not be a choice or a last-ditch method of birth control but simultaneously provides the opportunity to save a woman’s life in a case where her life is being endangered and similarly expressed cherishing the life of an unborn child.”
Rabbi Smason serves as Midwest Regional Vice President of CJV.
Read the full article in the St. Louis Jewish Light