The ?Abortion Pill?

What is the Jewish position on RU-486 ?

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But Rabbi Tendler is significantly concerned that Mifeprex will be viewed as a form of contraception—“It is much easier to take a few pills a few days after you become pregnant than to take one pill every day in order to avoid a pregnancy,” Rabbi Tendler says. But that, he says, is halachically impermissible. “Contraception per se, is not a free ride when it comes to Jewish law,” says Rabbi Tendler. “Not for married folk and certainly not for unmarried folk.”

While the drug would be the preferred method for a halachically approved abortion, it is not the preferred method if it is being used as contraception. “In that case,” says Rabbi Tendler, “it would be the greater of two evils.”

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Francesca Lunzer Kritz

Francesca Lunzer Kritz is a freelance health-care writer whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, Self, and other national publications.