What is abortion?
Wed, 05/28/2008 - 07:47 — minarts
Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy by the removal or expulsion from the uterus of a fetus or embryo, resulting in or caused by its death. An abortion can occur spontaneously due to complications during pregnancy or can be induced, In the context of human pregnancies. In English, the word "abortion" most commonly refers to the induced abortion of a human pregnancy, while spontaneous abortions are usually termed miscarriage. In Hebrew, the word for abortion "Hapala" is ambiguous and may refer to a miscarriage or an induced abortion. This ambiguity in language carries over into the realm of ideas. In Israel elective abortions are not a major moral issue on the national agenda and are instead accepted as a natural and necessary form of population control.
Abortion has a long history and has been induced by various methods including herbal abortifacients, the use of sharpened tools, physical trauma and other traditional methods. Contemporary medicine utilizes medications and surgical procedures to induce abortion. The legality, prevalence, and cultural views on abortion vary substantially around the world. In many parts of the world there is prominent and divisive public controversy over the ethical and legal issues of abortion. Abortion and abortion-related issues feature prominently in the national politics in many nations often involving the opposing pro-life and pro-choice worldwide social movements. In Israel, partisanship surrounding the issue of abortion generally falls along religious/secular lines. The religious Jews, strict Muslims and traditional Christians are more likely to appose abortion, while the secular members of all faiths are more likely to condone or even encourage it.
It is our hope, at Be'ad Chaim, to saturate the culture with Pro-Life messages through flyers, education efforts and media in order to shift the heart of the public towards the sanctity and preservation of life in the womb.
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