It’s that simple. A woman’s right to have an abortion is supported by Judaism.
But the Supreme Court of the United States has chosen to deny this right to all women, Jew and non-Jew, because they have chosen to base their ruling on Christianity, the dominant religion in our nation.
This is not acceptable. The court has overstepped its bounds and in so doing has trampled on women’s rights of individual autonomy.
Even more chilling is that this ruling came just one day after the court ruled that a gun owner can carry a concealed weapon without having to explain why they need self-defense.
In other words, a boy of 18 can buy a firearm designed to kill and conceal that weapon on himself with no repercussions whatsoever, but a woman of any age has no right to control her own body or moral choices.
The third arm of our government has declared that a man’s right to choose to bear arms is more important than a woman’s right to choose whether to bear a child.
This flies directly in the face of Jewish law, which allows a woman to exercise her own personal conscience and responsibility concerning her body, including decisions regarding a pregnancy.
The Planned Parenthood Clergy Advocacy Board stated the issue this way:
“… religion is being misappropriated to justify banning access to the full range of sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion… Our laws and policies must not favor the religious restrictions of one faith over the supportive teachings of others… The court, acting out of personal bias, trampled a fundamental tenet of religious pluralism – instead of ensuring that our democracy respects and protects the deeply held teachings of each faith and individual conscience.”
I join the Advocacy Board in this declaration:
“As people of faith and deep moral conviction, we unequivocally oppose bans and restrictions on abortion. Any proposed restriction undermine individual moral agency and the ability to make personal health decisions according to one’s conscience, including whether and when to parent. We affirm the moral agency and divine, religious right of people seeking abortions, their bodily autonomy, and their moral authority to make reproductive decisions…”
And to that I say, Amen.
Roberta Gerlach said:
AMEN AND AMEN!
Arnold Binderman said:
We find ourselves in a country founded on the basis of separation of church and state now attempting to be a Christian society. We have even fed the claim that there is such a thing as a Judeo-Christian ethic…there is no such thing. There is a Jewish ethic and there is a Christian ethic, and they are vastly different. The Right in this country, composed primarily ofChristians who want everyone tobe like them and have their “values”.These values are dominated by a lack of concern for a child once it is born. They support politicians who deny these same children health care, pre-school education, equal education and equal opportunity. The only form of opportunity they are creating is a permanent state of poverty, members of a permanent underclass. When these children reach voting age, they will be denied that right .
The fetus must come to birth but he or she will not be protected from guns in the hands of young men. Their rights to obtain the means of murdering those who were once these fetuses they want protected.
This is another nail in the coffin of this country that will divide us even more and make this country more unlivable. This Supreme Court clearly never considers the consequences of their decisions. How can we give it credibility when all of its conservative members lied to us in their congressional testimony regarding the abortion issue and the concept of settled law. They are a source of shame for not clearly and truthfully stating their views.
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Maureen Binderman said:
There’s a good reason I love you so much!!!!
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SRQ Jew said:
I love you! ❤️💕