The Central Bureau of Statistics recently released data that showed there were 117,000 Jewish births in Israel in 2008.
The number of abortions in Israel for the same year is estimated to be over 40,000. Thus in 2008, of the approximately 160,000 pregnancies in Israel, 120,000 led to births and 40,000 (one in four) ended in abortion.
Given the increasing number of religious Jews in Israel, who have significantly higher birthrates than their secular counterparts, this means that the number of pregnancies ending in abortion amongst secular Jews in Israel is radically higher. Mass abortion is tragic in any context, for any people. But there is something especially bitter about this – there are too many people who consider Jewish lives to be disposable, and it’s heartbreaking that the behaviour of so many Jewish women places just as little value on the life of a Jewish baby as does the basest antisemite.by