Volume III, No. 5 Roe v. Wade/Abortion History issue | April 27th 2021 (15 Iyar 5781)
Jewish Life League Letter - News and Updates
Greetings and Shalom!

For those who have not yet seen the documentary film Roe v. Wade, we've put the trailer up and the link to the website, which is https://www.roevwademovie.com/

Most people don't know that that Roe v. Wade and its companion decision Doe v. Bolton were decided concurrently and the two rulings made abortion-on-demand legal for all nine months of pregnancy for any reason. Americans not familiar with Doe v. Bolton mistakenly believe abortion is only available early in pregnancy.

At least two of the Supreme Court Justices were influenced by family members that worked in the abortion industry. The Justices relied heavily on New York Law School professor Cyril Means' research which distorted 19th century English common law regarding criminal abortion. Means' research gave the false impression that abortion laws were enacted only to protect the pregnant woman, and not the unborn child.

Bernard Nathanson, co-founder of the National Association to Repeal Abortion Laws (NARAL) admitted that the reported number of 10,000 women dying annually from illegal abortions was a lie. Nathanson committed 70,000 abortions, later became pro-life and produced two important films: The Silent Scream and Eclipse of Reason.

We recommend the following books and articles linked below: "Dispelling the Myths of Abortion History" by Joseph Dellapenna; "Abuse of Discretion" by Clarke D. Forsythe, and the articles on criminal abortion by Philip A. Rafferty.
For life,

Bonnie Chernin
JLL Founder
"The Authentic Jewish Pro-Life Message for Everyone"

Essential Reading on Roe v. Wade
Dispelling the Myths of Abortion History by Joseph Dellapenna. An encyclopedic and exhaustive, meticulously researched history of abortion in English common law dating back to the Middle Ages and the early 13th century. Thousands of footnotes. Includes an extensive Table of Cases. This book is no longer available on Amazon, but can be purchased for online reading at RedShelf.com. $78.40 USD for Lifetime Access.

Abuse of Discretion:The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade by Clarke D. Forsythe. From the inside cover: "Based on twenty years of research, including an examination of the papers of eight of the nine Justices who voted in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton." This is the true inside story - an authoritative volume that looks at court cases leading up to Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions. The documents include new revelations from the Justices' papers. Extensive notes and bibliography. Available at Amazon.com.
The following articles by attorney Phillip A. Rafferty examine criminal abortion in Common Law England and the deceptions that led to the Roe v. Wade decision:

Jewish Voices for Life
A Pew Research poll results found that 83% of Jewish Americans wanted abortion to remain legal and a 2016 Gallup poll showed that 76% of American Jews find abortion morally acceptable. In our view, it is a tragedy that a huge majority of mainly "progressive" (or as we say "regressive") Jews promote and support abortion on demand. When it comes to morality and the sacredness of human life, progressivism is toxic and led to nearly 63 million abortions and a disregard for human life, whether we are talking about abortion or assisted suicide.

Due to its pervasive influence over many decades, progressivism has even caused some observant Jews to rethink their views on abortion. They may state that Judaism is neither pro-life nor pro-choice, but "nuanced" (you hear that word a lot) and that abortion should remain legal for the hard cases. But this is wrong.

Of the hundreds of thousands of abortions committed every year, those to save the life of the mother count for less than 1%. Since abortion has been legalized, there has been an increase in violent crimes and rape. Disabled babies, including those with Down syndrome, are targeted for termination. In the United States, 67% of these precious babies are killed by abortion, as documented in this Life News article.

We feel there is nothing nuanced about the life of an unborn child. They have their own genetic material and DNA distinct from both parents. Unless a mother's life is endangered, abortion is never medically necessary. 

Traditional Judaism is grounded in a pro-life pro-family moral ethic. It is difficult to find Jewish writers who speak for the value of human life, and for preserving the lives of unborn children. We've included the following articles and the video "Jewish Voices for Life."
Tikvat Rachel Post-Abortion Healing Support Group
We must revalue life and give women life-affirming options to keep their babies. We have a number of important pregnancy resource centers listed below that provide compassionate assistance to pregnant women in need.

Abortion regret is a common occurrence in post-abortive women and men. The mainstream media is pro-abortion and ignores the fact that many women and men suffer long term grief, wishing they can undo the choice they made.

Tikvat Rachel is a unique program developed specifically for Jewish women and men suffering with feelings of pain and loss from a previous abortion. We offer an ongoing teshuvah-based program that provides a safe, compassionate and confidential healing pathway so you can recover from the pain of a past abortion experience. Our meeting is ongoing, every week. Contact Barbara at 347-566-7898 for more information.

Pregnancy Resource Centers Remain Open

In the midst of the COVID-19 national crisis, there are pregnancy centers that remain open. If you are pregnant and need help or know someone who is considering abortion, there are life-affirming options available. Please visit the following organization links:

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