Since the Roe v. Wade decision, leftist Jewish organizations and reform rabbis have embraced an abortion ideology which is perverse and antithetical to Judaism. The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is an organization comprised of radical feminists promoting the false belief that abortion is somehow a “Jewish value” and that any limitation to abortion-on-demand violates Jewish law.
That is absurd. What’s more, the ideals of groups like the NCJW have become more dangerous and extreme as the years have gone by. They won’t tolerate any limitations on abortion.
The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV) is an organization that “advocates for classical Jewish ideas and standards in matters of American public policy.” As stated in the following paragraphs on their website:
Key point here is that there is a world of difference between a position based upon Jewish biblical history and teachings and a contemporary opinion predicated upon an individual’s personal belief system and behavior.
The CJV further points out as part of their mission that they “lead the fight against those who cloak their own secular, left-wing ideals in the mantle of 'Judaism,' misrepresenting Judaism’s actual beliefs and values.”
Rabbi Yaakov Menken is Managing Director of The Coalition of Jewish Values and is a rabbinic authority and spokesperson for the authentic pro-life position in Jewish law. Rabbi Menken counters the ideals of these leftist movements and voices clear opposition to the pro-abortion position, explaining why Judaism considers all life sacred from conception. I listen to the rabbi’s podcast, “Moral Heritage,” and cannot recommend it highly enough.
Leftist Jewish groups falsely claim that life does not begin at conception but rather begins at birth. In his article, “Judaism is Emphatically ‘Pro-Life’, published in Newsweek, Rabbi Menken explains the biblical Jewish viewpoint on the value of life:
The rabbi explains the importance of Rebecca’s unusual pregnancy, as she was carrying twins and G-d describes their characteristics before they were born:
What stood out for me was Rabbi Menken’s reference to an “abortion toolkit” recently published by the National Council of Jewish Women. Rabbi Menken commented:
Indeed. Having read through most of this shocking booklet that promotes unconditional and absolute slaughter of the unborn, The NCJW may call it an abortion toolkit. But I call it a cruel kit. Cruel to babies and pregnant women at the mercy of unscrupulous abortionists. Cruel to people of faith.
Here are some of the "values" expressed in the NCJW Abortion Toolkit:
- Oppose life-affirming counseling for pregnant women at Crisis Pregnancy Centers.
- Oppose parental involvement when minor children get abortions.
- Oppose measures that require abortionists to have hospital admitting privileges and abortion facilities to be made safer for pregnant clients.
- Oppose gestational bans on abortion, including the partial birth abortion ban upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Oppose state laws requiring women be shown ultrasound images of their unborn babies.
- Oppose bans on dismemberment abortions of fully-formed infants that can feel pain.
- Oppose limitations on self-managed abortions.
They even oppose restrictions for abortions based upon sex, race and disability.
What the NCJW does propose is a change in abortion language to euphemisms that will further propagandize baby killing into “reproductive justice” and a “right.” The next statement from the Cruel kit is horrifying:
Bill Clinton was the most pro-abortion president in history until Barack Obama. Back in the 1990s, it was Bill Clinton who, when speaking about abortion, coined the phrase "safe, legal and rare."
Now that the NCJW declared “safe” as obsolete, abortion will be even more unfortunate and regrettable for pregnant women. Because abortion is still legal, it is truly cruel and unfortunate for the unborn child.© Bonnie Chernin
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