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Last week Israel passed into law a state-subsidized “health basket,” which among other great things includes abortion free of charge to anyone aged 20-33.

But it doesn’t stop there: no medical reason for the abortion is required.

The leader of Israel’s Health Ministry Commission, Dr. Yonatan Halevy, believes that this law is not radical. The state already provided subsidies for abortions, allowing most women to access care regardless of the reason. This law is simply expanding slightly on the previous regulations, he says:

“We want large families in Israel. We definitely encourage birth,” he says. “But when pregnancy occurs and it is undesired or inadvertent, I think we should supply the means to end the pregnancy properly.” – Dr. Halevy

Anti-choicers in the United States have remained largely hush-hush about the new law. Buzzfeed staffer Kate Nocera reported on the awkward comments made by several prominent Republican politicians:

The office of Majority Leader Eric Cantor did not respond to a request for comment. And Rep. Chris Smith, who heads up the congressional anti-abortion caucus and has called Israel America’s “closest ally,” did not respond to several requests for comment to his office.


“I don’t really feel qualified to talk about what Israel should be doing on abortion,” said Sen. John McCain.


It seems the anti-choice politicians are too heartbroken to comment. It must be so hard for them to admit that Israel now has one of the most progressive and liberal laws on abortion in the world. But we think it’s something everyone can smile about.


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