‘Brainwash’ abortion group targets UK

By Marcus Dysch, October 31, 2013

An Israeli anti-abortion group accused of “brainwashing” and driving girls away from their families is now targeting British women.

Efrat, a deeply controversial organisation in Israel, has taken a stall at Sunday’s Jewish Living Expo at Wembley Stadium.

And its founder, Dr Eli Schussheim, has told the JC that he is coming to “raise awareness and funds”.


Chief Rabbis in call against abortions

By Nathan Jeffay, January 7, 2010

Women’s rights activists are furious at a decision by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate to launch a public offensive against abortion.

Chief Rabbis Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar have written to all state-employed rabbis urging them to use their pulpits tomorrow to raise the issue, linking it to the Torah portion in which midwives in Egypt save Israelite babies in defiance of Pharaoh.

They claim in their letter that the “vast majority” of the abortions are “unnecessary” and “forbidden by Jewish law”, and argue that the situation “impedes the coming of the Messiah”.


Interview: Ayelet Waldman

By Alex Kasriel, July 16, 2009

It feels as if mothers can never get it right. They are branded either over-protective or too liberal by online forums and mothering websites like mumsnet. They are criticised for allowing their babies to eat and sleep “on demand”, or for implementing too rigorous a schedule. They are considered monsters for advocating “controlled crying” or regarded as too lax for cuddling their baby the minute the little mite starts to whimper.


Rabbi speaks on abortion

May 23, 2008

The Reform movement’s Rabbi Jonathan Romain spoke against lowering the abortion limit from 24 weeks at a breakfast briefing for MPs ahead of this week’s vote.

Attempts to reduce the limit to 20 or 22 weeks were decisively defeated in the House of Commons on Tuesday night.


John Marks calls for abortion laws to be made more lenient

By Candice Krieger, May 23, 2008

John Marks, a former chair of the British Medical Association, has welcomed this week’s decision by MPs to reject a cut in the time limit for abortions. He is now calling for current laws to be liberalised towards abortion on demand.

Dr Marks, 82, one of the UK’s best-recognised medical names, tells People: “I see no reason to involve two doctors. I believe it is a matter of choice for the woman. The life that matters is the potential mother, not the unborn foetus. There’s no contest.”