Israeli Government Offers Free Abortions for Women Ages 20 to 33

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The Israeli government has announced that it will begin offering free abortions to women who are between the ages of 20 and 33.

According to The Times of Israel, Dr. Yonatan Halevy—head of Israel’s Health Ministry commission—recently announced changes to the country’s government-subsidized “health basket.” As a result of the changes, which were approved by the cabinet, the government will offer 20- to 33-year-old women free, state-subsidized abortions.

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

For several years, the Israeli government has offered subsidized abortions to women who are under the age of 20 or over the age of 40. However, this year’s policy changes will dramatically expand the coverage and availability of free abortions.

The new measures will not require women to present any medical reason for ending the life of the child, thus enacting abortion on demand.

Political observers say the new abortion law is “among the world’s most liberal.”

“There is no country in the world where its citizens are entitled to public funding for such a wide basket of services,” Halevy stated.

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