Lunch & Learn: Jewish Theological Perspectives on Reproductive Rights

February 5th, 2023 @ 1pm


Where: 503 E John St, Champaign, IL in the multipurpose room



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After the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a Rabbi sued the State of Florida over a bill that would ban abortions after 15 weeks, arguing that it infringes on religious liberty.  Clergy from other religions followed suit.  How can laws regarding abortion violate religious freedom? 


We will explore this issue focusing on the theological perspectives informing women’s reproductive rights as depicted by several religiously grounded positions with an emphasis on Jewish views. What are the underlying principles informing the debate?  When does Life begin? When does the soul become fused with the body?  How do issues of reproductive rights and justice come into play?  How are the different denominational views informed by these questions?  We will rely mainly on Biblical and Talmudic sources.  Time permitting, we will see how different religious beliefs (Christian, Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist) wrestle with these concepts.

We look forward to seeing you!



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