Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1−24:18)
This Week’s Torah Portion: Mishpatim – מִשְׁפָּטִים Exodus 21:1−24:18)
The only place in the Torah where abortion is mentioned is here, in this week’s Torah portion.
Our Torah portion makes a clear point that an embryo is not considered life. Jewish law builds on this saying that only when the child emerges out it is considered a life.
Jewish law says that if there is a risk to the woman’s health, life (later rabbis add also socio – economic situation) then an abortion should be the woman’s option.
Will be speaking about this issue this Shabbat during Repro Shabbat service at The Temple.