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How Jews Talk About Abortion

Jews have historically been both pro-natalist and pro-choice. How does this dichotomy manifest in attitudes, social policy, and legislation around issues of abortion?

In this file photo taken on October 2, 2021, protesters take part in the Women's March and Rally for Abortion Justice at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas (Sergio FLORES / AFP)
In this file photo taken on October 2, 2021, protesters take part in the Women's March and Rally for Abortion Justice at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas (Sergio FLORES / AFP)

As the U.S. Supreme Court considers the highest-profile legal challenge to Texas’ new abortion law this week, Yehuda Kurtzer and Michal Raucher (Rutgers University) examine the Jewish communal conversation around abortion.

Jews have historically been both pro-natalist and pro-choice. And that’s not an obvious combination. How does this dichotomy manifest in attitudes, social policy, and legislation around issues of abortion in the U.S. and Israel?

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