Doctor says “Jewish values” drive her to perform abortions that are necessary for women to “create the families they want”

I am not familiar with Judaism and their stance on abortion. Yet in my research, I understand that abortion in Judaism is permitted only if there is a direct threat to the life of the mother by carrying the fetus to term or through the act of childbirth.

There is a pro-choice Jewish woman doctor in DC that the Washington Post (reposted on the SF Gate when I read it) wrote a glowing story about. Her name is Sara Imershein and she performs first-trimester abortions and ritual circumcisions. The article from SF Gate describes her reasons for her work as such: She believes both practices achieve the same goal: allowing women to create the families they want. Given that, she said, her Jewish faith compels her to offer the two services to Washington-area residents.”

Apparently, having the family you don’t want to create can bring suffering to women: “She cited the Jewish concept of “mitzvot,” which means “commandments.” For her, she said: “It means I am commanded, if I have the skills as a physician, to use them to alleviate suffering. Not to use my skills would be wrong.”

The article does acknowledge that Halakhah mandates that abortion is necessary if the woman’s life is in danger.

More from the article: But Jews vary on what constitutes a sufficient threat. By performing abortions for all women who meet the clinic’s standards, Imershein, who is Reform, is taking a “very permissive” position that some more conservative Jews may see as immoral, said Elli Fischer, an Orthodox rabbi and halakhah historian.”

More about Imershein’s work:

“She does not advertise, operating by word of mouth, and she does not “make much,” she said. Of course, Imershein’s advocacy – appearing at Planned Parenthood rallies in a white doctor’s coat, for example – is free.

MiMi Levine, Imershein’s 32-year-old daughter, sees her mother’s work the same way it was explained to her at age 5, when Imershein told her that “it gives women freedom.”

“I have always been super proud of her,” Levine said. “I think she’s a hero.”

Apparently Jews have a different belief than Christian’s as to when life actually begins:

When she performs an abortion, Imershein believes she is not ending a human life. Jewish law – as laid out in the Torah, the Talmud and the “responsa,” rabbinic wisdom gathered across centuries – teaches that human life starts at birth rather than conception, according to Fischer. The fetus “attains the status of a fully human life” when its head emerges, Fischer said.

Eisenberg said some rabbis have understood this to mean the fetus is more akin to a kind of property than a person. Because of that, they say abortion is not murder, defined as the ending of a human life. Some faith leaders believe it still counts as killing, given that it ends a form of life, Fischer said, but halakhah insists there can be extenuating circumstances in which killing is permissible.”

The article concludes with the following:

“When a woman comes to the Falls Church clinic asking for an abortion, Imershein does not second-guess her reasoning. Same goes for when a mother asks her to officiate a brit milah (circumcision) – a less controversial procedure, though a small but growing number of Jews are questioning the tradition’s merits.

“I ultimately give all rights to the mother,” Imershein said. “With brit milahs, they’re having the family they want, and if I’m doing the abortions, I’m just fulfilling the wish of women to have the lives they want.”

Read the whole story on SF Gate here.

As is typical of libtards, there’s some mental gymnastics in this doctor’s reasoning to justify her position on abortion. First she says she does it to allow women to “create the families they want.”

The doctor also states she performs abortions to “alleviate suffering.”

She then states she performs abortions when the woman’s life is in danger.

Then her daughter says she performs abortions to “give women freedom.”

Yet apparently the doctor doesn’t ask WHY a woman wants/needs an abortion. How can she verify that she is performing the procedure within the parameters of her Jewish values?

One look at this doctor’s Twitter timeline and you’ll see she’s all about “reproductive rights” and protecting civil and human rights of “all people.”

It’s obvious to me that the good doctor is performing abortions as Margaret Sanger would prefer: On demand.

One thing I’ve come to understand about liberal logic: It’s not designed to make sense.

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Dr. Eowyn
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“in my research, I understand that abortion in Judaism is permitted only if there is a direct threat to the life of the mother” Not so. From “The Fetus in Jewish Law” (https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/the-fetus-in-jewish-law/): “An unborn fetus in Jewish law is not considered a person (Heb. nefesh, lit. “soul”) until it has been born. The fetus is regarded as a part of the mother’s body and not a separate being until it begins to egress from the womb during parturition (childbirth). In fact, until forty days after conception, the fertilized egg is considered as ‘mere fluid.’ These facts form the basis… Read more »

William
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William

“mere fluid”, consistent with “pregnancy tissue”, “a clump of cells” – how pre-born humans are defined by “Jewish values”, a contradiction in terms if there ever was one. I always refer back to H.L. Mencken’s impression of the Talmud: A few bright spots but mostly rubbish

kjf
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kjf

She is a “jew”, killing the unborn goyim is kosher

“No one can deny that the Jews are a most unique and unusual people. That uniqueness exists because of their Edomite heritage. You cannot be English Jews. We are a race, and only as a race can we perpetuate. Our mentality is of Edomitish character, and differs from that of an Englishman. Enough subterfuges! Let us assert openly that we are International Jews.”
—Manifesto of the “World Jewish Federation,” January 1, 1935, through its spokesperson, Gerald Soman

Steven Broiles
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Yes. It would seem to me that this doctor is using her interpretation of Jewish Law as a foil to rationalize her actions. My understanding of the common Jewish understanding of the matter is that abortion is allowed for a threat to the life of the mother, and demanded if the pregnancy is the result of a rape, because that would be self-defense.

Imersheim is a great pretender, all right. And she gets away with it because most Jews do not believe in the Christian concept of hell, but, rather, of Sheol. Uh-huh. Right.

Dr. Eowyn
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“My understanding of the common Jewish understanding of the matter is that abortion is allowed for a threat to the life of the mother, and demanded if the pregnancy is the result of a rape”

What is your source for that, Steven?

It is simply NOT true. See my comment above or go to: https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/the-fetus-in-jewish-law/

Lana
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Lana

As others have pointed out here, there is a Jewish mindset. I would sum it up as “do as thou wilt is the whole of the law”. They can mask it and twist it any way they want, but their aim is not to alleviate suffering ( sufferink ?) but to have control. They want control of anything and everything – period. They do not want to be subservient to God; they want to be God, which means never having to sacrifice immediate desires for a higher principle or law. Rabbinic law which is refereed to above is nothing but… Read more »

William
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William

You have summarized “Judaism” perfectly. Yes, the sufferink, a way of life perfected by perpetual victims. Fountains of blood, lampshades, THE Holocaust, other such fake folklore – Oy! We might add that Jewish “values” are always preceded by a dollar sign

Lou Minati
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Lou Minati

Would someone please explain to me why, in every last story or video promoting abortion or child murder (I refuse to call it infanticide), the wishes of the father are never, ever mentioned or considered? Although my children are all around 30 years old, my understanding is that the process hasn’t changed – it still takes two people to create a child. So enlighten me. Why are the father’s desires irrelevant? By the way, the Declaration of Independence states that all men are *created* equal. Creation implies a belief in a higher power, a “God” if that’s what you prefer.… Read more »

Lana
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Lana

I’m sure you’ve been in this comment section enough to have picked up that fact that there is an agenda by the elite, and it doesn’t include men. In general, women follow orders better than men do, so having strong empowered men gets in the way of controlling a utopian communist state. Better to just keep a small population of proverbial eunuchs around to donate sperm, or better yet, get rid of men altogether and have the state take over birth by cloning. Seriously, the powers that empower all these feminists to get on their soapbox and spread this evil… Read more »

Lou Minati
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Lou Minati

Oh, I’m well aware of the elite agenda. While I’ve always questioned authority (I came of age in the 70s), I didn’t truly “get it” until 2004, when I met someone who overcame my ignorance, stuck with me, and opened my damn eyes. Do I wish it were sooner? Of course, but I can at least do my part now. Speaking of the 70s, count me as one of those guys who created an accidental pregnancy. Luckily for both of us, the good Lord intervened and it resulted in a miscarriage. It was the best outcome for both of us.… Read more »

Lana
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Lana

You are not alone in your mistakes or ignorance Lou. I cam of age in the 70’s as well. It was certainly a different world then. We came out of the naivete of Leave it to Beaver and got hit with all the false freedoms of the 60’s revolution while we were still essentially babies. Thank you for your eloquent candor in sharing your history…yes it all works out somehow.