Rabbinical Council Opposes Family Planning and Abortions

Leaders of American Orthodox Judaism yesterday charged that the practice of birth control and abortion is threatening the continuity of the Jewish people. Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld, first vice-president of the Rabbinical Council of America, and Rabbi Ephraim Kolatch, chairman of the Council’s 37th annual convention here told the 500 delegates: “We Jews cannot afford the luxury of family planning or abortion.”

Rabbi Louis Bernstein, president of the Council, remarking on the recent United States Supreme Court decision prohibiting state aid to parochial schools and to parents who send their children to parochial schools, said: “We are saddened….It cripples any form of indirect help to parents sending their children to our yeshivoth.”

The Supreme Court decision declared unconstitutional three New York statutes and one Pennsylvania statute aiding parochial schools in the funding of state mandated services and aiding low-income parents in the payment of parochial school tuition fees.

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