A Religion’s Definition of Life

Here’s an article I found interesting: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tamara-mann/heartbeat-involuntary-miscarriage-and-voluntary-abortion-in-ohio_b_2050888.html?utm_hp_ref=religion&icid=maing-grid7%7Chp-laptop%7Cdl22%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D229457

There are numerous debates on when life begins, but this article presents an interesting definition based in the Jewish faith that seems more rational than many other arguments I’ve encountered.  According to the article, life begins with breath and so an unborn child is not a life.  However, there is a recognition of the potential for life accorded to a fetus still in utero.  While it seems from the article that Ohio is moving toward finding that the existence of a heartbeat makes a fetus alive, the Jewish faith says that the potential for life requires that the child be able to live outside the mother’s body.  The debate as to when life begins is still raging in both law and science, as well as in many religions.  I thought this particular intersection of faith, science, and law was an interesting one and I was surprised to find the more sensible argument being made by religion.


One thought on “A Religion’s Definition of Life

  1. The Jewish faith focuses on the value of actual life, viewing a fetus as potential life. Obviously potential life is still highly valued and respected, but the actual life of the mother is seen as a higher priority. This does not mean that abortion is encouraged or smiled upon. However, if the potential life threatens the actual life of the mother then the mother’s life takes priority. There is some documentation that the priority of the mother’s actual life extends beyond physical survival and encompasses mental health as well.

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