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Publication Date: July 2009

Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): Bradley Hirschfield

Series: CLAL Politics and Policy Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish Law (Halacha); Abortion; Public Policy; Media

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


In light of Joe Lieberman's consistently pro-choice voting record, the author was contacted by a reporter to specify whether or not being pro-choice is contradictory to Jewish Law. The author explained that while Jewish values respect the gift of life, they also respect the mother's life, and that the Jewish "view" on the issue is dependent on circumstance.