3. Keeping these laws is good for a women’s health, creates fertility and stops disease (specifically cervical cancer). Abramov also hints that healthier children are born to women who keep these laws. This argument, which Abramov is by no means the first to offer, has long annoyed me. Billions of women all over the world reach a ripe old health in perfect health despite not keeping these laws. While it is true that Orthodox women have a lower incidence of cervical cancer, this is most probably related to a lower number of sexual partners and has nothing to do with immersing in the mikveh. I find it pitiful that in our day and age, Orthodoxy seems to need to frighten women into keeping Taharat haMishpacha laws.
[In truth, I do not think that taharas hamispacha is the essence of femininity, but I suppose that Laws of Niddah, as Rabbi Eider’s sefer is entitled (also published 1988 BTW), would not be considered particularly appealing to a female market, and it has none of the fluff stuff meant to make the laws more palatable.� Yet it is much more detailed.� If you have� a question on harchakos, this is a good place to look it up—no secrets here, though.]