Abortion from Jewish and United Methodist Perspectives The controversial topic of abortion has been debated throughout history around the world. There are many different views on abortion based on religious and political affiliations. Different religions and political parties have contrasting views on abortion. There are many extenuating circumstances on abortion, which makes it a more difficult area to discuss. The religious views of Judaism and United Methodist perspectives are very similar on the topic of early pregnancy termination. Abortion is defined as the termination of a pregnancy before fetal viability (Wynbrandt, 2008). Termination of pregnancy often occurs for many reasons some of which include danger to the mother, genetic defects, and pregnancy that occurred from rape. Different religions feel differently on when and if abortion is permitted and what potential consequences there are if an abortion is performed. Some of the different ways abortions can be performed are via suction, scraping of the embryo from the uterus, injections, and oral drugs. There is a self-administered abortion pill that is in circulation in France, mifepristone; this pill induces abortion when taken before the seventh week of pregnancy. Opposition by different religious groups kept mifepristone from being approved in the United States (Wynbrandt, 2008). Abortion has been a contemporary social issue in America since the 1960s. There are many women’s rights groups that have blossomed since the 1960’s including the National Abortion Rights Action League or NARAL and opposing right to life organizations (Husain, 2011). The pro choice and pro-life initiatives that are now present in the United States also transcend into political parties and religious groups. The Democratic Party mainly sides with women’s choice groups and Republicans believe in pro life. There are also different religious groups that side with pro life and pro-choice beliefs. The Catholic Church strongly believes in choosing life, while other religions such as Judaism and United Methodists do not have specific sides. The view of abortion from Jewish perspective is more undecided than some other religions. There are no written laws in Torah that specifically disprove the practicing of abortions, but similar to many world religions, it is frowned upon. Similar to many ministers in the Christianity religion, different Rabbis have differing opinions on the sensitive topic of abortion. “The majority of the authorities in Judaism believe that abortion should be permitted if it is necessary for the recuperation of the mother, even if there is no mortal danger attaching to the pregnancy and even if the mother’s illness has not been directly caused by the fetus” (Elon, 2007). Rabbi Moses Feinstein has a particularly strict approach to abortion in the Jewish faith and believes that “abortion would only be permitted if the doctors determined that there was a high probability that the mother would die were the pregnancy to be continued.” Rabbi Feinstein also believes that abortion should be allowed if the fetus suffers from a genetic disease that would decrease quality of life such as Down’s syndrome or Tay-Sachs disease (Elon, 2007). Although Judaism as a whole has the belief of choice based on circumstances, Orthodox Jews are usually affiliated with the pro-life campaign with the only exceptions of rape, incest, or the mother’s health (Vess, 2010). Other branches of Judaism, such as Conservative and Reform, side with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive choice (Harrison, 2004). It is clear that unlike some religions, Judaism has many different views of abortion based on a person’s branch of Judaism; individuals form their personal opinions of abortion in the Jewish faith. Similar to that of the Jewish perspective, the United Methodist branch of Christianity is also undecided on the abortion topic. On November 25th, I interviewed Kevin Davis, a youth leader in the United
Every person has his or her own set of beliefs and traditions in which they have been raised by or simply believe in. Whether it is Judaism, Christianity, or Muslim, all individuals have the freedom to practice and express what they believe in. Gaining knowledge of other religions can provide a better understanding of current issues that concerns them as well as their beliefs and characteristics, and most important specific traditions that define each religion. No matter if it is Judaism, Christianity…
4) What are you such a strong believer in your faith?
God answers prayers and He’s very real, and that’s what makes me a strong believer. I remember when I first got married I had no money, no nothing, and yet God provided for me. Sometimes when I don’t know what to do or when I’m afraid, God fills my mind and heart.
5) What are some of your religious traditions, rituals?
Praying is a very significant tradition which we can do anywhere and anytime. God listens to us and speaks…
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Country: term used to describe ones land which they belong to and their place of dreaming
Elders: Key persons and keepers of knowledge within Aboriginal communities
‘Elders’ – kinship and owners
‘Elders’ - leaders of large extended family
English Composition 101
What is the impact of religion on American government and society?
There are many factors that have an impact on the American government and society. One main factor is religion. Religion, defined by Webster’s Dictionary, is a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often…
Religion and Belief Systems in Australia post-1945
Contemporary Aboriginal Spiritualities
Aboriginal spirituality as determined by the Dreaming
Aboriginal spirituality as determined by the Dreaming
Fundamental to Ab. Spirituality. ↝ the Dreaming involves all knowledge and understanding in Aboriginal societies, and hence incorporates all beliefs and practices of Aboriginal communities.
Encompasses physical and spiritual aspects of Ab. Life.
Symbolic of creation phase- believe land created…
Spirituality in Nursing
University of Northwester-St. Paul
1. Identify common ground between your faith and field of study.
The nursing profession has always focused on holistic patient care, care that emphasizes the combination of mind, body and soul. Nurses must remember that they have to care for the physical, mental, psychosocial and spiritual functioning, if they want to be able to care for the whole person. Florence Nightingale, the first nurse, had always tried…
birth control” by Margaret Sanger (1921). I chose this speech because I have worked in the healthcare field for over 10 years now, this subject truly catches my attention. Its also the reason why for my final project I have chosen to speak about abortion and pro choice debates.
After reading the article I picked up on bias’ right of the bat. The fact that women have been viewed as immoral for wanting to control the size of their families or to act as responsible adults. Margaret talks about how…
justified in a free and democratic society.
The Charter protects religious minorities under s. 2 a) by allowing them to acknowledge their religion and beliefs. The right to freedom of religion was tested in the Zylberberg case. Children of minority faiths were being forced to listen to Christian reflections during school or make a religious statement for an exception, both of which constitute violations of Charter rights. The children were being denied an opportunity to be in school and gain an education…
holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Modern Catholic social teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents. The depth and richness of this tradition can be understood best through a direct reading of these documents. In these brief reflections, we highlight several of the key themes that are at the heart of our Catholic social tradition.
Life and Dignity of the Human Person
The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the…
If the individual chooses to be baptized, they are choosing to stay in the Amish community, and faith. Baptisms are required in order to get married, and once baptized, they can only marry with-in the faith. It is said that about 90% of the children choose to become baptized, and stay within the Amish community. Just because in individual is baptized, does not mean the community cannot shun them if faith is not followed.
In today’s society we are urged to continue our education far beyond high school…