Letter: Rational and pragmatic
One must marvel at the rational and pragmatic approach Judaism takes on the subject of abortion. According to Rabbi Robin Nafshi, “In Judaism we believe the life does not begin at conception, but, rather, the potential of life does. At all times the well-being of the mother takes precedence over the potential life” (“Holocaust, abortion are two very different things,” Monitor Opinion page, March 27).
Compare this to the rigid and dogmatic approach of the Catholic Church, which does not allow abortion for any reason, even when the health, or very life, of the mother may be in jeopardy. One can only hope that Pope Francis will have the courage and foresight to confront and change such a draconian and uncompromising doctrinal stance.