June 24, 2022:

Jofa Statement Regarding 

U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Overturning Reproductive Rights



June 24, 2022


Media Contact:

Helen Chernikoff, West End Strategy Team; 917-224-0382


In response to today’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Jofa (Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance) issued the following statement:


The Supreme Court’s ruling, which overturns federal constitutional protections of privacy and abortion rights that have stood since the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, will devastate the lives of women across the United States who will lose personal agency over their lives and bodies.


Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization furthermore violates the religious liberty of the Jewish community by undermining women’s ability to follow halakha (traditional Jewish law), which permits and even requires, abortion in certain circumstances, particularly when the life or health of the woman is at stake.


As a matter of faith, Jofa supports every woman’s legal right to make decisions about, and have control over, her own body, without the involvement of the government or any other entity. Every woman should have the right to make her own decisions about religious and medical matters, including abortion, with counsel from clergy and doctors, free from stigma, and retaining human dignity.


As a direct result of this court’s ruling, Jewish women in many states will no longer be able to access care that is religiously required.


Please visit Jofa’s website for further information and resources at


Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (Jofa) advocates for expanding women's rights and opportunities within the framework of halakha (Jewish law) to build a vibrant and equitable Orthodox community. 



JOFA resources

JOFA - Supreme Court of the United States, Amicus Brief (2021)

JOFA Journal on Reproductive Rights and Maternal Health, Fall 2020

The Politics of Abortion, by Gail Katz

What does halakhah say about abortion?, by Noam Stadlan

American Orthodox Rabbis: The Complicity of Silence, by Daphne Lazar Price

“My Body; Whose Decision,” Jewish Broadcasting Service program recording (July 2019)

“Birth Justice and Maternal Health,” JOFA Conference session, moderated by Carmella Abraham, featuring Paula Eiselt, Dr. Chavi Karkowsky, and Tonya Lewis Lee (March 2021)

Prior Statements, 2019



“How Jews Talk About Abortion,” Identity/Crisis Podcast, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

“Abortion in Jewish Law, and Roe v. Wade in Jewish Public Discourse,” Shiur by Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, on Jewish Coffeehouse’s Orthodox Conundrum podcast

“It’s Not About Abortion, It’s About Abortion Law,” with Shoshanna Keats-Jaskoll and Anne Gordon, on Chochmat Nashim podcast

Discussion of the documentary “Aftershock,” on maternal mortality and medical gaslighting, featuring film co-directors Tonya Lewis Lee and Paula Eiselt on the Tamron Hall Show


73Forward, a Jewish movement for Abortion Justice (Powered by National Council of Jewish Women)

International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion 

International Planned Parenthood Federation - Safe Abortion Action Fund

National Network of Abortion Funds

Planned Parenthood