Reproductive rights

JOFA Statement Regarding Leaked

U.S. Supreme Court Draft Opinion

Overturning Reproductive Rights

May 4, 2022


JOFA (Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance) issued the following statement:


JOFA is highly concerned regarding an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito, indicating that the United States Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision, which guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights, and a subsequent 1992 decision, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which largely maintained these rights.


JOFA’s position on reproductive rights has consistently been to support 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. We believe strongly that every woman should have the right to consider decisions about her own reproductive health care within medical and spiritual environments, free from stigma, and ensuring dignity and respect.


The draft opinion being circulated would undermine 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. Thus, if the leaked Supreme Court ruling becomes law, Jewish women in many states will no longer be able to access care that is religiously required. 


We will continue to monitor these developments and advocate as warranted, along with numerous other concerned organizations, to ensure that women’s religious freedom to make their own choices about their own bodies remains intact as the law of the land. 


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