Friday, October 3, 2008

Abortion in Israel: Terms of Termination

There are close to 50,000 abortions in Israel every year

A 1977 law ensures a low-cost, and in some cases free, legal abortion to any woman who fills one of four criteria:

  • She is under 18 or over 40 (cost to those in between: 1,500 shekels [$370]).

  • She is carrying a fetus with a serious mental or physical defect (free).

  • She claims that the fetus results from forbidden relations such as rape or incest (free) or, in the case of a married woman, that the baby is not her husband's (not free). Single women also fall under this clause, and they too must pay.

  • She shows that by continuing the pregnancy, her physical or mental health would be damaged (free).

In 1980, a fifth criterion that allowed abortions for women living in economic hardship was abolished due to pressure from religious political parties. See the article here.

I wonder if Christian Zionists and so-called "pro-life" groups in America know they are funding abortions in Israel??

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