Volume II, No. 2 | Feb. 26th 2020 (1 Adar 5780)
Jewish Life League Letter - News and Updates
"We're Talking About Babies, Not Abortion."
Two bills were killed in committee by Senate Democrats on Tuesday, Feb. 25th. The Democrats blocked the bill that would mandate medical care for babies that survive botched abortions. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act final vote was 56-44, four votes short of the 60 votes needed to move the bill to a full debate on the Senate floor and to a final vote on the bill. All Republicans voted in favor of the bill. Only three Democrats voted in favor: Joe Manchin (D-W. VA), Doug Jones (AL), and Bob Casey (PA).

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) lead co-sponsor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act defended the bill , stating:

"Let's be clear what we're talking about. We're talking about killing a baby that's been born. We're not talking about some euphemism, we're not talking about a clump of cells. We're talking about a little baby girl whose been born and is on a table in a hospital or a medical facility and then a decision or a debate would be had about whether or not you could kill that little baby."

The second bill, The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act , would have ended abortion after 5 months of pregnancy, by which time unborn babies can feel pain. This bill was also killed in committee by the Democrats.

Results from a 2019 Public Opinion Poll published by The Susan B. Anthony List published show that 79% of Americans oppose abortion after seven months, and 55% of Americans oppose abortion after five months.

At JLL, we are very saddened about this vote. We believe all life should be protected from conception onward. Even those who identify as "pro-choice" can easily agree that after birth, babies should be given the chance to live.

-Bonnie Chernin, JLL Founder
Child sacrifice, then and now
Our descent into abortion savagery began in Colorado on April 25th 1967. Fifty-three years later, Colorado rejected a bill that would have mandated that babies born alive after abortion receive care. Read my latest blog post on JLL.

Don Feder: Pro-life Writer and Columnist
Don Feder was an editorial writer for The Boston Herald and syndicated columnist. His informative article, "Reflections on Abortion & Infanticide from a Jewish Perspective" is the first of two columns we are highlighting by Don Feder that address the abortion issue:

Rabbis Speak Out For Life
"This has always been our pride - that as children of Avraham who was the very pillar of chesed , there can be no murderers among us. Would it not follow that the prototype merciful people should have mercy on a helpless, innocent creature? And what can better symbolize the helpless and innocent than the unborn child?"

- Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky, "A Jewish National Treasure," The Jewish Observer, May, 1976, p. 9.
Exodus 21:21-23: The Facts on this Verse
This passage is often cited to prove that Judaism does not apply the same standard to the unborn child as to a born child. In the verses, should a quarrel ensue between two men during which a pregnant woman is injured and miscarries, a judge shall determine the fine. Should the mother die, however, the death penalty would be required.  This has been interpreted (wrongfully) to mean that the loss of fetal life did not require the death penalty, therefore, the unborn child is not considered a human being. Visit our page below for more on the Exodus verse.

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