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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.

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…

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.

“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.”

“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.”

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.

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.

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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