Jewish Reconstructionist Federation Statement on Reproductive Rights

Reference: Jewish Reconstructionist Movement

The Jewish Reconstructionist Federation partners with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice to advocate for, and support reproductive choice through the moral power of religious communities. JRF and RCRC seeks to articulate and advocate for the availability of information and resources that support reproductive choice. We have supported RCRC’s initiatives for many years reflective as reflected in the Reconstructionist movement’s support of women’s rights and a woman’s right to choice in the area of reproductive rights.

Although the Jewish tradition regards children as a blessing, a gift of life itself, the tradition allows for abortion in order to safeguard the life and physical and mental health of the mother. While Jewish tradition did not take a consistent position on the status of a fetus, Jewish law and tradition does recognize abortion as a difficult and challenging moral issue. We recognize that abortion is a painful choice, one that may need to be made in consequence of other compelling moral and medical concerns.

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