A women affiliated with the so-called ‘shawl women’, those who opt to wear burkas in an effort to achieve maximum tznius has made the news after refusing transportation to a hospital after giving birth for fear of chilul shabbos.
The women gave birth at a home close to 08:00 on shabbos (27 Tishrei 5773) morning in Bnei Brak. She was unwilling to be transported to a hospital because of chilul shabbos concerns.
The story begins with the arrival of a man in a shul on Avraham Ben-David Street in the city, calling for assistance, asking someone to call an ambulance. Mispallel Dovid Steiner of Ichud Hatzalah went with the man.
As they made their way to his home Steiner summoned an ambulance but the husband told him to cancel it, explaining his wife was not going to the hospital because she feels its chilul shabbos.
Upon their arrival, and the arrival of another EMT, they attempted to persuade the woman in labor to agree to be taken by ambulance to a hospital, but she refused. David summoned his mother, who is a midwife, and delivery took place at home. After the delivery they attempted to persuade her to agree to transport but she was adamant in her refusal.
It was learned the woman, 31, is a resident of Yavniel and arrived in Bnei Brak for a shabbos family simcha. She has another child, about 2-years-old.
Chadrei Chareidim quotes “Bnei Brak rabbonim” who heard the story expressing anger over the woman’s actions, which they insist were contradictory to halacha for she should have agreed to transport, which was justified on shabbos for a woman in active labor.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)