Synagogue Council Not Backing Rabbis on Body Giving Advice on Abortions

A spokesman for the Synagogue Council of America said here today that that organization, comprising the major Orthodox, Conservative and Reform synagogue and rabbinic bodies, had nothing to do with the recently established Clergymen’s Consultation Service which announced yesterday that it would assist women seeking abortions.

Two New York rabbis were listed today as participants in the Service which is composed mainly of Protestant ministers. The two rabbis listed in the Service were Rabbi Lewis E. Bogage of the Central Synagogue, and Rabbi Israel Margolies of Beth Am-The People’s Temple. The Consultation Service will refer women applying for aid to a rabbi or minister for a personal interview. The clergyman will then advise the woman on the need and possibility of obtaining an abortion, in some cases, in a country where it is legal.

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