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If a woman has an abortion is she considered a mazik and need she compensate the father?

Should someone terminate a woman's pregnancy the monetary value of the fetus need be paid to the father (Shemos 21:22). Ralbag explains (ad loc) that it is awarded to him as he "owns" the ...
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Must one give up his life in order to avoid performing an abortion?

According to Halacha, abortion is forbidden, but not punishable by death like a full fledged murder, so would one still be obligated to give up his life in order to avoid doing it, or do we say that ...
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Does Numbers 5:27 involve an induced miscarriage/abortion?

I have heard someone identifying as a Christian argue that the process in Numbers 5 supports abortion since a woman suspected of being unfaithful to her husband involves an induced miscarriage/...
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If Exodus 21:22-25 proves the unborn aren't persons, would verses 28-32 imply that slaves aren't persons?

I've heard Exodus 21:22-25 used in support of abortion in some cases, at least to protect the life of the mother. The argument is that if the negligent death of the mother is punishable by death while ...
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Does Genesis 9:6 condemn abortion as murder? [duplicate]

Genesis 9:6 reads (JPS, 1985, emphasis mine): שֹׁפֵךְ֙ דַּ֣ם הָֽאָדָ֔ם בָּֽאָדָ֖ם דָּמ֣וֹ יִשָּׁפֵ֑ךְ כִּ֚י בְּצֶ֣לֶם אֱלֹהִ֔ים עָשָׂ֖ה אֶת־הָאָדָֽם׃ Whoever sheds the blood of man, By man shall his ...
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What passages in the Torah/Tanakh are relevant to the subject of abortion?

Abortion has been in the news recently, and I would like to know what the Tanakh has to say on the matter. While I don't believe that the Torah in particular or the Tanakh in general addresses ...
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Is it true that abortion is allowed if it endangers the mother's mental health?

I heard this and it makes no sense because then almost every mother would have the excuse to abort; What would the exact parameters of such mental health issues be?
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The halachic framework of abortion for the Gentiles

I am an Italian Noahide. The Noahide ban on murder also includes the killing of a fetus ( see Rambam's Mishneh Torah-Hilchot Melachim 9:4 ). I have read that according to a Talmudic tradition, I do ...
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Vaccines using aborted fetal cells

A friend of mine informed me that a few coronavirus vaccines might have used aborted fetal cells during development and/or production. What I have found by so far is that these cells were grown in ...
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Who should perform the abortion

Everyone agrees that an abortion beyond a certain gestational age is forbidden for a Jew 1. However, there's no death penalty for it. This is unlike a non-Jew, who is liable to capital punishment for ...
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When can an abortion be done for non life threatening issues? [duplicate]

A women less than three months pregnant [does that matter] has 10 children [does that matter] and is expecting number 11, is going blind in one eye. Expert advice by top doctor says the pregnancy is ...
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Exodus 21:22–25 Relevance for the issue of abortion

I'm asking about the interpretation of Exodus 21:22-25 as a Christian who talks about abortion policies etc. In my reading of the passage, I tend to interpret it that the expectation of the passage is ...
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Is it permitted to have an abortion if divorce if imminent?

I know that abortion is permissible if physical health of the mother could be compromised, but what about the emotional health of the mother (or the father for that matter) - if a couple sees divorce ...
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Is a Jew permitted to have an abortion?

Under what, if any, circumstances may a Jewish woman undergo an abortion? Can a Jewish doctor perform an abortion? As each case and individual is unique, please consult your rabbi for practical ...
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May a non-Jew have an abortion?

Are non-Jews permitted to have abortions? (Consider the gemara in Sanhedrin 57b where "a baraita brings in the name of Rabbi Yishmael that a Ben Noach gets capital punishment if he intentionally ...
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Is abortion of a gentile child of a Jewish father permissible?

If a Jewish man were to father a child with a gentile would they be allowed to consider an abortion or would that be disallowed in the Halachic literature ?
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