This chapter discusses the issue of abortion in Jewish law. Topics covered include foetal status and abortion; foeticide and abortion in early Christian writings, Canon law, and the Common law; the relationship between law and morality in the halakhah on abortion; morality, the noahide laws, and a limited form of natural law in abortion halakhah, the moral element in the responsa literature on abortion, future trends in abortion halakhah, and foetuses and critically ill mothers in Jewish and Israeli law.
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