Jun 21, 2022 • 41M

Abortion Law in Israel ... in light of Roe v Wade

Our conversation with Dina Shalev of Lada'at ("Choose Well")

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Dina Shalev (courtesy)

With all eyes in the U.S. focused on the forthcoming Supreme Court decision which might upend Roe v. Wade after fifty years of abortion rights for American women, we thought it would be interesting for the Israel from the Inside community to learn more about abortion law and reality in Israel.

We spoke with Dina Shalev, Director of Lada’at (“Choose Well”), a reproductive rights organization based in Jerusalem, to learn more. In Israel, abortions are illegal unless a woman meets particular criteria and receives approval by a special committee. Sound like America’s future? Well, yes and no, but no. About 99% of women who go before these special committees get approved to have an abortion. So, is abortion in Israel illegal? Yes. Or legal? Yes. What, then, if anything, could be done to improve the experience for these women?

In our conversation, Dina explains the law surrounding abortions in Israel, the approval process women must go through and among other issues, she discusses the Evangelical-funded pro-life organizations in Israel.

Above is a link to our conversation. If you would like to support the work of Lada’at, please visit their donation page.

Music credits: Medieval poem by Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Gvirol. Melody and performance by Shaked Jehuda and Eyal Gesundheit. Production by Eyal Gesundheit. To view a video of their performance, see this YouTube:

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