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Reproduction, Pregnancy

Abortion - Yes Or No? - I never thought this would happen to me. I'm pregnant. And now I don't know what to do. I realize this is an important decision – not only for my own emotional well-being, but the heavy moral implications as well... More
Adoption - We are looking to adopt a Jewish child, preferably a baby (as yet unborn). Can you help us find one in Israel, possibly an out-of-wedlock situation. It would be a real mitzvah for all concerned. We have excellent... More
Announcing a Pregnancy - I just found out recently that I am expecting. As an only child, I am anxious to tell my parents of the upcoming good news. However, I know people often wait a few months first. Is there any such requirement in Jewish... More
Birth Control - I see that religious Jews have large families. Is it true that they don’t practice birth control? More
Film Portrayal of Infertility - I recently saw the Israeli film "Kadosh." The story is set today in Mea Shearim, the Orthodox quarter of Jerusalem, and is concerned with the constraints that orthodoxy places, or can place, on personal... More
In Vitro Fertilization - I’ve been married for three years and have yet to get pregnant. I’m getting on in age and don’t want motherhood to pass me by. We are considering IVF but thought it may be circumventing God's will. More
Infertility - My wife and I have been married for 14 years. We are very happy except that we have not been blessed with children. We have gone through various fertility treatments. Unfortunately we recently failed for the 17th try... More
Marital Relations – Mitzvah - What is the Jewish view of intimacy? Is sex just for procreative purposes, or is it all right to have relations with one's spouse for recreation and intimacy? More
Prenatal Testing - I am 19 weeks pregnant and just received results from an amniocentesis test that the fetus has Downs Syndrome and is mentally retarded. I would like to abort the fetus. What is the Jewish law on aborting in this... More
Soul for a Fetus? - Where in Torah is there a reference to the exact time when God places the soul into the human being? Do Jews believe that babies have souls before birth? More
Surrogate Motherhood - The issue of surrogate motherhood came up in discussion last night. Does Judaism have a position on this? More
Vasectomy - I’m getting to that stage in life where I don’t want to have any more children. I’m considering getting a vasectomy. My wife thinks it's better to leave the body as nature intended. What does Judaism... More

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