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American Conservatives Say Israelis Don't Understand Their Own Religious Laws on Abortion

Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 10:49:09 am

But American reporters are curious: if US Christian Zionists, who have significant overlap with the US anti-choice movement, love Israel so much, shouldn't they be up in arms about the country adopting one of the world's most expansive abortion policies?

The Daily Beast's Jonathan Krohn set out to find out ("You would expect conservative groups to go ballistic when it comes to taxpayer funding of abortions," reads his lede) and got a number of vague answers which suggested that US anti-choicers don't feel particularly inclined to export the abortion wars to Israel. But Americans United for Life's Charmaine Yoest, who is Christian, ventured into a suggestion that perhaps the Israelis were getting their own religious laws wrong:

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, the CEO of Americans United for Life (AUL), decided to use Jewish law as a defense, saying "In a meaningful passage, the Talmud teaches that 'Whosoever preserves a single soul..., [it is] as though he had preserved a complete world.' Unborn lives are rich with possibilities and worth saving and government should never be used to harm life and harm women."

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