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For Immediate Release:  March 2, 2016

Contact: Jonathan Gilad, Jewish Council for Public Affairs
jgilad@thejcpa.org; 202-212-6031

JCPA Believes Reproductive Health Decisions are Best Made by Individuals

Washington, D.C., - Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. This case, which originated in Texas, challenges a Texas law that would require clinics that perform abortions to upgrade their facilities to match surgical standards for major procedures. It would also require that doctors attain certain privileges at local hospitals in order to perform abortions. If fully implemented, the law would effectively shutter most of the women’s clinics in Texas, severely hampering access to needed services. 

After the arguments today, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) released the following statement: 

The JCPA is very concerned about the human impact of continued legislative efforts that restrict women’s reproductive health care access and choices, like the Texas law before the Supreme Court in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. We believe reproductive health decisions are best made by individuals in consultation with their families, health care professionals, and whoever else they choose. We respect and affirm the extensive Jewish teaching and tradition on family planning and abortion.  A decision to end a pregnancy is a difficult and deeply personal one.   We trust women to make their own decisions about their reproductive lives, and for women who seek assistance in making difficult reproductive health decisions, we support the full and unfettered access to confidential and affordable spiritual, religious, mental health, and accurate medical guidance. We deeply appreciate the leadership and steadfast advocacy of many of our member agencies on this issue.  

JCPA, the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community, serves as the national coordinating and advisory body for the 16 national and 125 local agencies comprising the field of Jewish community relations.


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