Rabbis, Jewish Civil Rights Leaders Unite to Defend Reproductive Freedom as Religious Freedom

Reference: National Council of Jewish Women

January 18, 2005, Washington, DC — The Jewish community — including venerable civil rights organizations — will unite on the eve of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade to defend reproductive freedom as a core religious freedom.

Brought together by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), rabbis and other major American Jewish leaders, including those from the American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, have joined forces to speak out in support of Roe by warning that imposing a single belief on reproductive rights would compromise their freedom to abide by their religious beliefs.

“As Jews, we know what it means to have fundamental rights and liberties stripped away. And today one of our most basic rights — our right to reproductive freedom — is under attack in courtrooms and legislatures across the country,” said Marsha Atkind, president of NCJW.

“There cannot be religious freedom without reproductive rights. For the courts to impose one religion’s view on all of us defies the very meaning of religious liberty.”

Rabbinic leaders, representing more than 90 percent of organized American Jewry, have joined forces in their spirited defense of Roe as a core religious freedom.

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