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The preborn child is not a "potential" human being, but rather a Human Being with Potential!
Mary Margaret (Peggy) Baxter MS, RN-BC.
“Where Hitler compelled people to do the killing, today millions of people choose to abort their babies of their free will. …If we let this go on, what is now a matter of choice could very easily become mandatory…"If we are not pro-life, we are against our own survival.” Mrs. Lore Maier, deceased.
Mrs. Lore Maier, was the first Executive Director of Heartbeat International, as a full-time volunteer. German-born, Mrs. Maier was the only survivor of her family of six in Nazi Germany. She was a court recorder during the Nuremburg trials and knew how the killing had escalated, with the “imperfect” being the first victims.
“A woman would have the right to abortion just as she has a right to remove any parasitic growth from her body."
(Gloria Steinman, author and feminist leader, on CNN, Sept. 9, 1981.)
"The Jew was always only a parasite in the body of other peoples."
(Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf, p. 419.)
At this point I would ask my fellow Jewish ethicists, especially the traditionalists ones: Does our reverence for human life, even the miniscule human life of the newly conceived embryo, with what the tradition calls human dignity ( kvod ha-beriyot )? Surely we are not obligated or even permitted to kill a human life, however prehuman it looks, for the sake of someone else’s therapeutic needs - that is for the sake of somebody to whose life the embryo is not a direct threat. We certainly are not obligated or even permitted to kill an embryo for the more indirect benefit of the advancement of possible helpful scientific information. I believe that we are neither obligated nor permitted to do so. I believe that we are prohibited from doing so. We can discover that prohibition ( issur ) philosophy and thus argue it to anyone, anywhere, at any time. The argument need not be confined to persons who are required to live according to our own moral theology, although our moral theology certainly can confirm it.
That position is fully consistent with Maimonides’ emphasis on how important advances in scientific knowledge are for our moral deliberations about universal human phenomena. Thus, the discovery of DNA and when it first emerges in a human being should change our thinking about the beginning of human life in the same way that the discovery that babies born in the eight month of pregnancy are viable ( ben qayyama ) changed our thinking about early infant life, even though in the days of the Talmud people believed that they were not viable. Jews are bound by halakhic norms. With regard to questions of human life and death, however, they are not bound to some of their applications that are based on what we now know to have been inaccurate, outdated science. The science of the Talmud has been superseded by more current science, which itself might be superseded in the future.
Peggy has been employed for over 45 years in various healthcare environments, including critical care, mental health, corrections, and military service. She is board certified in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing, and in Oct. 2015 , was commissioned as a Faith Community Nurse.
Do not stand idly by while your neighbor's blood is being spilled . Leviticus 19:16
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil. Exodus 23:2
Cecily is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. She obtained her MSW from the University of Pittsburgh. She founded the Jewish Pro-Life Foundation in 2005. Cecily is a member of Congregation Ahavath Achim, a traditional synagogue located in Carnegie, PA, and resides in the Pittsburgh area with her husband, Tom.
Rabbi David Novak
Tom holds a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Development from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a math wiz and a common sense guru.
Hilter's command to take the Jews to their death in the camps was couched in the phrase, " empty the ghettos."
Abortion workers are trained to say, "empty the uterus."
Terminating a pregnancy actually means terminating a human life.
These careful use of words are meant to disguise the very real action of killing .
He who has the opportunity to forewarn another against sinning and does not do so is called wicked (ch. 6, Shevuot).