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Jewish Biomedical LawLegal and Extra-Legal Dimensions$
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Daniel B. Sinclair

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198268277

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268277.001.0001

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(p.12) 1 Abortion
Jewish Biomedical Law

Daniel B. Sinclair

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   Jewish biomedical law, foetal status, foeticide, morality, halakhah, Israeli law

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