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August 02, 1985 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-08-02

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have an abortion except an last resort
— it oui44 to be her &Wen, not a
matter for public debate Her view is
shared by the National Council of
Jewish Women, which affirm "every
woman's right to choose abortion," To-
r with other Jewish organize-
ns, including the American Jewish
B'rith Women, the
Congreso,
National Federation of Temple Sister-
hoods and the Union of American He-
brew Congrogationo, NCJW works

within the Religious Coalition for
Abortion Rights (RCMP to maintain

definition of human life and the de-
termination of when it begins, a
question central to the current polit-
ical argument, Always a thorny
topic, it has been made even more
complicated by massive advances in
neonatology, which have increased
the chances of survival for a 24•
ounce fetus to ISO percent — an
enormous difference from the six

percent survival rate in OM when
the Supreme Court set fetal viability
(ability to survive outside the womb)
at 24 weeks,
In Judaism, however, the fetus
in the womb, whatever its viability, '
is not considered a person (nefosh
soul), According to the Mishnah, not
until it is born — until the greater

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