Talk:Judaism and abortion

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Conspiracy theories[edit]

In order to oppose conspiracy theories, it would appear useful to clarify what is the Jewish position on Gentile abortion. This is because there are raving antisemites out there that claim that Jews are leading pro-abortion advocates and that it is a moral duty for Jews to reduce the Gentile population. Is there a substantial difference between a Gentile abortion and a Jewish abortion ? (cf [1]) ADM (talk) 09:21, 31 December 2008 (UTC)

Possible material to be included[edit]

I've been moving some of the extensive background material in History of early Christian thought on abortion to more appropriate articles, and while this article would seem to be the most appropriate place for this paragraph, I'm not sure where/if to include it because I lack the context to know how it would fit into the current article. Here is the text:

Regarding Jewish ideas on the subject of abortion, Theologian Odd Bakke says that Jewish discussion generally centered around two schools of thought:

The Alexandrian school, with a minority in the Palestinian school, held that the fetus acquired the juridical status of a human person at one particular point in time, while the Palestinian majority held that the fetus and the mother were one, so that the fetus on its own had no legal existence. The latter point of view entailed that abortion was allowed, or indeed even demanded, in certain situations. We must, however, emphasize that the Palestinian school discussed abortion almost exclusively in relation to "the problem of the legal and cultic status of the fetus, especially in relation to miscarriages and certain necessary (and usually late) abortions. Abortions in the early stages of pregnancy, 'on demand' or as a means of birth control 'is very likely not even contemplated in the Mishnaic law.'"

Source: Odd Magne Bakke, When children became people: the birth of childhood in early Christianity, p. 111

I'm not sure if the Alexandrian school is the one for which there exists an article or if Bakke is referring to something different, nor do I know what the Palestinian school is supposed to be. Presumably this would go in the "early rabbinic Judaism" section, but beyond that, I don't really know what to do with it. Roscelese (talkcontribs) 05:47, 12 July 2011 (UTC)