In his weekly sermon Saturday night, Shas'
spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef addressed the abortion issue, saying that "there are reckless doctors....Who see that a child will be blind or without arms or legs...They do not understand that today there is equipment that brings the dead back to life, but they kill the living."
Rabbi Yosef's sermon focused on Parashat Shemot, which mentions Pharaoh's decree that all first born sons of the Israelites must be killed and the attempts of Hebrew midwives to thwart it.
The rabbi, who is Shas' spiritual leader, recalled how he had convinced a woman not to have an abortion and promised her that her son would be healthy. "She gave birth to a sweet child, and today is his wedding," the rabbi said, adding that he had convinced other parents to do the same and they ended up having healthy children as well.
During the sermon Rabbi Yosef praised the pro-life organization EFRAT, calling its employees "righteous."
Earlier this week, Israel's
Chief Rabbis Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar called
on all Israeli rabbis to fight the "abortion epidemic in our country."
The chief rabbis instructed them to "bring up the Exodus Torah reading during their sermon on Saturday regarding the "biblical prohibition to kill fetuses in their mothers' intestines."