The new grant program of the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA) to pay for “chained” women to freeze their eggs appears at first glance to be a humane and compassionate approach (“For agunot, a new fertility lifeline,” March 7). However, on further review, the effort is misguided, counter-productive, and expensive.
The problem confronting agunot is not that they are unable to have children because their abusive husbands refuse to grant them a get during their child-bearing years. The problem is the halacha itself, which grants only men the ability to initiate a divorce. Accordingly, the ORA grant perpetuates this archaic and abusive system by marginally mitigating one of its consequences and allows men to retain control over women. Perhaps a courageous Orthodox rabbi or two, knowing that halacha has always changed, will step up and grant women the right to initiate a divorce. Problem solved.