The Supreme Court on June 24, 2022, stripped away constitutional protections for abortion, a fundamental and deeply personal change for Americans' lives after nearly a half-century under Roe v. Wade. The court’s overturning of the landmark court ruling is likely to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Backers of a proposal to enshrine abortion rights in the Ohio Constitution can begin collecting the more than 413,000 voter signatures required to put the issue before voters this fall, after the petition cleared another hurdle Monday.
Two groups who had already committed to separate efforts to get reproductive rights in the hands of Ohio voters have now merged and set an end goal: abortion access on the November ballot.
Catholic students were booted from the National Air and Space Museum for donning pro-life hats.
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With a new General Assembly comes new legislative measures, and for those watching the battle over reproductive rights, that raises concerns.
Michal Raucher, associate professor of Jewish studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., will lead the scholar-in-residence program at Congregation Tifereth Israel in Columbus from Feb. 3 to Feb. 5, focusing on abortion and reproductive rights from a Jewish perspective.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is appealing a Hamilton County judge’s order blocking the state’s six-week abortion ban indefinitely as the case over it proceeds.
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Jewish leaders throughout Ohio have filed an amicus brief supporting a legal challenge to Senate Bill 23, Ohio’s so-called Fetal Heartbeat Act.
With the recent overturn of Roe v. Wade leaving the laws up to the states, many women are left wondering what this means for them and their right to abortion. According to two Columbus-based attorneys, the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Healt…
The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association hosted a four-hour seminar, “Post Dobbs: The Medical and Legal Landscapes of Reproductive Rights in Ohio,” July 25 both on Zoom and in-person at the Cleveland Metropolitan Conference Center in downtown Cleveland, addressing what doctors, care provid…
Emanuel Jacob Congregation in Mansfield will host a Torah study at 3 p.m. July 23 on Zoom to discuss the traditional Jewish views of abortion.
As hundreds of Ohioans seeking abortions were turned away in the days following the June 24 overturning of Roe v. Wade and the nearly immediate implementation of Ohio’s Heartbeat Law, Dr. David Burkons of Shaker Heights said he was most concerned for patients he had to turn away.
The legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio says she hopes the Ohio Supreme Court grants an immediate stay on Ohio’s Heartbeat Law, which took effect June 24, hours after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed a constitutional right to abortion.
The overturning of the constitutional right to abortion by the U.S. Supreme Court is being viewed with anger and fear, although not surprise, by a rabbi, law professor and two Jewish lawmakers.
And now the real work begins.
“Today is a devastating day for women and girls in our country. This decision from a Supreme Court stacked with ultra-conservative justices paves the way for ultra-conservative, anti-women state legislatures across the country, including our own, to outlaw abortion. Abortions are health care. This decision doesn’t eliminate the need for abortions, but rather restricts access to safe abortions, particularly among those who cannot afford them. We will do everything in our power to protect women’s rights — from partnering with organizations that provide women’s health care to helping elect leaders who represent the will of the people, the vast majority of whom believes in a woman’s right to choose.”
Statement by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America on US Supreme Court’s Ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson, Overturning Roe v. Wade
Today, the leadership of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (Orthodox Union) issued the following statement:
Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court released its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:
Reform Movement Leaders Denounce the Supreme Court's Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization
“We are outraged that the Supreme Court today has stripped women and others who can become pregnant of the fundamental right to make essential health care decisions free of governmental interference. Abortion access is a critical component of reproductive health care. Pregnant individuals are capable of making ethical decisions based on their own beliefs and medical best interest without government officials imposing their personal religious views on others. As we navigate the catastrophic results of the Court’s decision, we will work to ensure that Congress and state legislatures do everything in their power to protect and improve access to abortion and our fundamental rights. We will not be silent as the Court tries to turn back the clock fifty years.”
On behalf of the Workers Circle, Ann Toback, CEO, released the following statement about the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:
American Jewish Committee (AJC) expressed profound disappointment in today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
Conservative Rabbis Strongly Condemn U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Abortion Rights, Commit to supporting legislation in holding up reproductive freedom
For over five decades, the Rabbinical Assembly has strongly and repeatedly affirmed the halakhic necessity of access to abortion based on our members’ understanding of relevant biblical and rabbinic sources and teshuvot – rabbinic responses – and fiercely opposed efforts that would limit access to abortion or stifle reproductive freedoms in the U.S. In response to legislative efforts that threatened reproductive freedom in 2021, the Rabbinical Assembly (RA), the international association for Conservative/Masorti rabbis, passed a Resolution on Right to Legal and Accessible Abortion in the United States. Following today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn its previous landmark cases, Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, effectively nullifying the Constitutional right to abortion for millions of Americans, the RA issued the following statement:
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) strongly condemns today’s Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe v. Wade, holding that there is no longer a right to abortion under the federal constitution. Access to safe, affordable, and legal abortion and reproductive health care is a priority for JCPA. We are outraged by this decision, which we do not believe represents the will of the people nor is in the best interest of the country.
We at NA’AMAT USA are disheartened and angered by the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturns the Court’s own decision in Roe v. Wade. The Court’s majority opinion holds that the Roe v. Wade decision was faulty in its reliance on the 14th Amendment in so far as it was “not deeply rooted in this nation’s history and tradition,” citing as evidence the many states, prior to Roe v. Wade that enacted laws prohibiting abortion. Yet the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution asserts the responsibility of the Union “to provide for the general welfare” - the physical, emotional, psychological, and financial welfare of women is included in this most basic of all rights. We as Jewish women, in keeping with the basic tenants of Judaism, affirm that the life of a mother takes precedence over that of an embryo or fetus. Today's Supreme Court decisions is a direct violation of our American and Jewish values.
National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland Section Condemns the Supreme Court Ruling Overturning Roe & Casey
Today, the US Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe & Casey, leaving millions of people without the health care they need. Co-Presidents of NCJW/CLE, Laura Kuntz and Dana Trau issued the following statement:
In response to the implementation of Ohio’s “heartbeat” law, which bans abortions after about the sixth week of pregnancy, several organizations announced plans to sue in state court “to ensure that Ohioans are able to exercise their rights protected by the Ohio Constitution,” according to a June 24 news release.
Over the weekend protesters rallied in demonstrations large and small voicing their opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
Now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ohio legislature is set up to move forward with abortion bans in the state.
In a 6-3 ruling, Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his majority opinion that the 1973 decision was “egregiously wrong from the start,” as well as a 1992 decision in “Planned Parenthood v. Casey” that affirmed that right, stating: “We hold that ‘Roe’ and ‘Casey’ must be overruled.”
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The overturning of the constitutional right to abortion by the U.S. Supreme Court June 24 is being viewed with anger, although not surprise, by a rabbi, a doctor who performs abortions and two Jewish lawmakers.
The leaked draft opinion by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito that would potentially overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision guaranteeing a constitutional right to abortion has vastly different implications for Jews depending on their background and perspective.
As soon as the news was published, crowds on both sides of the abortion issue gathered in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., to protest or support the potential decision. National Jewish organizations also weighed in on the situation.
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