Here’s reason #6,432 why I have some serious problems with religion (and that’s an understatement):
Channel 2 news reported this evening [Heb] about a woman who came to the Assuta hospital in north Tel Aviv for an
abortion (D&C), after a miscarriage in the second month of pregnancy. As she was being wheeled into the operating room, the staff was told to immediately halt the procedure. Why? Because of Halacha. There was no special room next to the operating room which prevents the soul of the fetus from exiting to the hospital corridors and impurifying Cohanim who might happen to be in the area. So, she was sent home with a dead fetus in her body and told to come back the next day.
According to the report, the nurses in the hospital say the hospital rabbi is very strict in this regard. In other rooms that are designated for abortions there are signs that say: “In this room a system has been installed to prevent impurifying Cohanim. When the light above the door is on it can not be open. Please wait patiently until the light goes off.”
Assuta told Channel 2 that it was all a scheduling mistake and that the woman was not in danger.