May one induce labor on Shabbos

* This article is an excerpt from the above Sefer

May one induce labor on Shabbos?[1]

One must avoid inducing labor on or very close to Shabbos due to causing unnecessary desecration of Shabbos, unless the matter involves a medical emergency. In a case of great pain, one is to contact a Rav.

Inducing labor through natural methods [i.e. massage, walking, intimacy]:[2] One is to avoid inducing labor even through natural means close to, or on Shabbos, in order to avoid giving birth on Shabbos and causing unnecessary Shabbos desecration.


[1] See Toras Hayoledes 1:2; Nitei Gavriel 61:14; Piskeiy Teshuvos 330:1 footnote 7; 330:2 footnote 24; 248:4

[2] Toras Hayoledes 1 footnote 5; Piskeiy Teshuvos 330:2 footnote 25

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