June 24, 2022
Today’s Supreme Court ruling means that access to abortion care will be severely limited in certain states, and its consequences will be most dire for those who lack resources. Although Jewish tradition considers the fetus precious, our tradition makes clear that the health and well-being of the pregnant person takes precedence over the potential life of the fetus. Last night at Beth Emet, Roger Price and Dr. Elisheva Shanes engaged in an excellent conversation about Judaism and Abortion. I encourage you to watch the video. Safe and accessible abortion care is essential healthcare for people who are pregnant or have the potential to become pregnant.
I know that many of us are frightened, angry and disheartened by today’s ruling and want to know what we can do. The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is continuing to work vigorously to protect abortion care for all who need it. Today at 3 p.m. there will be a virtual vigil with NCJW. RSVP here. There will also be a vigil in person at the Federal Building today at 5:30 p.m. A group from Beth Emet is meeting at the Howard L station at 4:15 p.m. to go down there together.
Please see the following information from NCJW about ongoing actions you can take.
With prayers for peace, good health, and well-being for all as we enter Shabbat.
Rabbi Andrea London