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An exam cloth, abortion

14.12.16

Question

1. Can one check for purity with a wipee instead of an exam cloth?

2. Is an abortion done within 40 days, before the fetus is formed (since there is no life yet ...) considered an abortion? Is it is permitted or forbidden and why? Thank you.

Answer

A. It is better not to use it.

B. This is forbidden according to the Achronim for various reasons. One of them is that if a man is not allowed to have a seminal emission (outside of cohabitation) because his seed has a spirit of life, how much more so it is forbidden to eliminate a developing fetus, although it is not as severe as murdering a fetus older than 40 days.

 

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