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Response to the future of Roe v. Wade

We were shocked, dismayed, and disappointed to hear about the Supreme Court’s draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling on reproductive rights that has been vital for women’s health, agency, and livelihoods throughout the United States.  

The impact of overturning Roe v. Wade will be wide and devastating, affecting the lives of women in the United States in some way while disproportionately impacting women who are poor and women of color. Women who are less able to afford the cost or time necessary to obtain an abortion safely, or who will resort to procedures that put their health at risk. Women who will do anything they can to try to improve the trajectory of their lives, even if those actions are dangerous. 

Though this stunning news is based on a draft opinion and the outcome of the Court’s ruling is not yet guaranteed, we cannot help but be deeply concerned about what the future holds for reproductive and women’s rights in this country—and what other precedent may be overturned next. We are deeply concerned as well for how this might affect the Supreme Court’s legitimacy and its standing.

In the days and weeks ahead, we will update you about actions that our community can participate in as well as partnerships and alliances we may join. In the meantime, here are some immediate steps you can take:

 

J. Rolando Matalon

Written By J. Rolando Matalon

José Rolando Matalon, B’nai Jeshurun’s senior rabbi and rosh kehilah (head of congregation), was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and was educated in Buenos Aires, Montreal, Jerusalem, and New York...

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Felicia L. Sol

Written By Felicia L. Sol

Rabbi Sol has served as a rabbi at BJ since 2001, becoming the first woman to serve as a rabbi to the community in the congregation’s almost 200-year history. In June 2021, she was appointed as a s...

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becca weintraub

Written By Rebecca Weintraub

Rabbi Rebecca Weintraub completed her studies at the Hebrew College Rabbinical School in Boston, where she was ordained in June 2020. She joined B'nai Jeshurun's spiritual leadership as assistant r...

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