How Abortion Became a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Issue in Israeli Politics

Haaretz - Israel News
Tuesday, January 03, 2017.

Speculative move by two religious lawmakers to change the 40-year status quo regarding abortion has sparked furious backlash.

Allison Kaplan Sommer, Jan 02, 2017

Abortion may be one of the most politically charged issues in the world related to religion – but you’d never know it in Israel. While Israelis are eager to furiously debate nearly anything else involving religion and politics – from kosher standards in the army to buses on Shabbat, to women’s prayer at the Western Wall – there is near-silence on the issue of when life begins in the womb.

The status quo that is clung to so tightly has allowed invasive but relatively permissive abortion laws to remain in place nearly undisturbed for 40 years.

This week, though, in a rare occurrence, a proposal was floated that would invite religious input into abortion decisions – and the reaction was explosive.

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Source: Haaretz