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Jofa Statement 6.24.22

Jofa Statement Regarding U.S. Supreme Court Decision Overturning Reproductive Rights

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 24, 2022

 

Media Contact:

Helen Chernikoff, West End Strategy Team

hchernikoff@westendstrategy.com; 917-224-0382

 

In response to today’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Jofa (Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance) issued the following statement:

 

The Supreme Court’s ruling, which overturns federal constitutional protections of privacy and abortion rights that have stood since the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, will devastate the lives of women across the United States who will lose personal agency over their lives and bodies.

 

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization furthermore violates the religious liberty of the Jewish community by undermining women’s ability to follow halakha (traditional Jewish law), which permits and even requires, abortion in certain circumstances, particularly when the life or health of the woman is at stake.

 

As a matter of faith, Jofa supports every woman’s legal right to make decisions about, and have control over, her own body, without the involvement of the government or any other entity. Every woman should have the right to make her own decisions about religious and medical matters, including abortion, with counsel from clergy and doctors, free from stigma, and retaining human dignity.

 

As a direct result of this court’s ruling, Jewish women in many states will no longer be able to access care that is religiously required.

 

Please visit Jofa’s website for further information and resources at https://www.jofa.org/reproductive-rights.

 

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Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (Jofa) advocates for expanding women's rights and opportunities within the framework of halakha (Jewish law) to build a vibrant and equitable Orthodox community.