Reproductive Rights – 1989

Reference: Women of Reform Judaism

The right of every woman, without regard to age or socioeconomic condition, based on her own religious and moral convictions, to make her own choices about her reproductive life with the full support of the legislative and judicial sectors of federal and state government.

In 1965, 1977, and 1981 at its Biennial Assemblies, the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, on the basis of Jewish values and teachings and the United States Constitution, affirmed clearly and publicly its commitment to the right of every woman to reproductive freedom. These rights, upheld by the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, have been eroded by means of funding restrictions. Most recently, the 1989 Supreme Court decision in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services has attacked the fabric of Roe and put it in jeopardy of being overruled, particularly in light of the three abortion cases to be argued before the Supreme Court during its current term. Other challenges are now working their way through the lower courts. Increasingly, restrictive proposals continue to be brought before Congress and state legislatures.

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