Rollback of Reproductive Rights, Tone of Debate Must Change

Reference: Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 21, 2011 — In recognition of tomorrow’s 38th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark abortion rights decision in Roe v. Wade, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

Almost four decades have passed since the Supreme Court recognized a woman’s constitutional right to make decisions about her own body. On this 38th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, we rejoice that the decision still stands while we deplore the current fragility of reproductive rights in our nation and the acrimonious behavior and rhetoric that often characterize debates over these issues.

According to the latest research from the Guttmacher Institute, more than 950 anti-choice state measures were introduced in 2010, and 89 new anti-choice state laws were enacted.

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