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Texas abortion law, an assault on Orthodox Judaism

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Texas’s brutal new anti-abortion laws and bounties on those who help facilitate them are a reminder of why Orthodox alliances with Christian groups are not always in the best interest of the Jewish community. In fact, they are often a danger to our community. Many thousands of Jewish women in Texas will be adversely affected by the wave of punitive anti-abortion laws. It is also a call to action for our community to stand by those endangered by this law.

Just as it is untrue to claim the Jewish view of abortion is entirely in line with how some progressives view it, it is also untrue to claim that Judaism’s view of abortion is in line with the Catholic or the so-called “pro-life” community.

It is no secret that even the most Hasidic families in cases of adverse health situations might turn to abortion as an option–not without the guidance of a trusted rabbinic authority. Leading rabbis with superb command of halacha will give discrete rulings on a case-by-case basis after hearing all the information and may........

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