Twelve rabbis and other religious leaders filed a lawsuit against the state of Missouri, which the Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), which represents over 2000 traditional, Orthodox rabbis in American public policy, condemned as a “desecration of G-name d’s that is absolutely beyond words.”
After Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Dobbs ruling last year, Missouri Governor Michael Parson implemented the state’s “Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act,” which prohibited abortions unless a medical emergency occurred.
The rabbis’ criticism was sparked by the lawsuit, which asserts that “[Christian] religious values are being inscribed into laws in Missouri.”
“To say that access to an optional surgery is somehow a religious obligation is essentially irrational, rejecting all logic and reason,” said Rabbi Ze’ev Smason of the CJV Midwestern Regional Vice President, who oversaw a St. Louis, Missouri synagogue for 25 years before stepping down last year.
And it is vile to disguise this demand as being Jewish. What commandment do these five rabbis, who represent Judaism, follow when they stop an unborn child’s heart? Which Hebrew blessing is said during feticide? ”
CJV rejected three claims made in the lawsuit: that a pro-life stance puts religion above science, that valuing fetal life is only associated with one religion, and that lawmakers should be expected to support pro-life legislation.
It is now known that children learn to suck their thumbs, respond to their parents’ voices, and even identify music while still inside the womb.
This means that science, contrary to the lawsuit’s story, gives convincing evidence that a child is alive before birth.
The Jewish Bible, the source of monotheistic and moral authority, is another source that supports the rejection of elective abortion.
And finally, it goes against democratic values and common sense to say that citizens cannot take their personal religious beliefs into account when making moral decisions.
CJV Vice President Rabbi Dov Fischer, an adjunct law professor at two prestigious Southern California law schools for nearly 20 years, declared that “this action is without substance in either Jewish or secular law.”
Furthermore, it is ridiculous that it was submitted by individuals identifying themselves as ‘rabbis.
Their blatant ignorance of Jewish theology is consistent with their ignorance of Jewish history and the sacred sanctity of human life.
They should be humiliated for their blatant attempt to twist fundamental Jewish principles, which violates G-name d’s beyond description.