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.