Imagine my horror and discomfort – coming so shortly after the collapse of a condominium in Miami where so many Jewish lives have been lost – at reading “My Choice” by Sara Shamansky (republished by the Jewish AISH from The Tablet) in which Shamansky, who claims to be an “Orthodox Jew” willingly goes through an abortion because her baby has been diagnosed as having a birth defect (by the way, she does not go into detail as to what that defect could specifically be – what matters to her is that her supposedly “much wanted child” would have problems which she simply cannot deal with – even if the problems could be corrected or lessened through post natal surgery.) She admits that, although she claims to be religious, that “It [abortion] wasn’t that I was against abortion per se . . . but now, suddenly, it was immediately relevant, part of my world.”
How “modern” – how “unorthodox”!
Yes, that is the solution to a baby who might have disabilities. Rather than reach into her heart for the love she claims she felt for her unborn child, she searched for a rabbi to tell her what she wanted to hear: one that would tell her that “it was our choice, it was our decision to make.” As for her husband, the father of the baby, he is spineless and actually tells her that IT IS HER DECISION TO MAKE! So much for the importance of fathers.
If you want to know why the world is upside down look at Sara Shamansky and her hapless husband: instead of seeking treatment for their baby, they took what they saw as the “humane” or “easy” way out. Shamansky actually writes that she was “afraid of hospital stays and surgeries . . . of never being free.” There you have it: a woman who claims to be religious who gives into her selfish instincts. She also claims that she “does not want to be judged”. Then why did she write this article? He who excuses himself, accuses himself as the French say. She nauseates me. And yes, I am being judgmental since she put it out there. And I think of the young woman with Downs Syndrome whom I heard speak at a conference sponsored by the Sister of Life and then I think of the Shamansky woman and the fraud that she is. As for AISH, which has published her article several times, they should change their name to “Tone Deaf”.
Read the article, My Choice, at https://www.aish.com/sp/so/My-Choice.html?.
Alice Lemos is a member of the Jewish Pro-Life Foundation board of directors, a staunch pro-lifer and activist, the mother of a marine veteran, and a cancer survivor. Contact Alice at email@example.com.
This blog posting first appeared on the JPLF website and is being reprinted with the permission of the author.