Reform Movement Applauds Supreme Court Decision in Abortion Case

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Reform Movement Applauds Supreme Court Decision in Abortion Case

This morning, the Supreme Court released its decision in Whole Woman's Health v Hellerstedt, ruling 5-3 to overturn the medically unnecessary provisions found in Texas House Bill 2, which would have created an undue burden on women's health clinics across the state.

Upon the decision, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center, released a statement applauding the ruling and saying, “This historic decision ensures that women in Texas and across the United States face fewer barriers to receiving legal healthcare services.”

Rabbi Marla J. Feldman, executive director of Women of Reform Judaism, released a statement, writing, "Providing a woman with dignity begins with protecting her right to make her own medical and family planning decisions."

The RAC and WRJ, in partnership with the National Women’s Law Center, hosted a webinar in March on reproductive rights cases at the Supreme Court, which focused on Whole Woman’s Health and another case ruled on earlier this year. To learn more about both of these cases, listen to the recording online

To learn more about Reform Movement’s work on reproductive issues, visit the RAC’s page on reproductive rights and women’s health.

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Kate Bigam Kaput is the assistant director of messaging and branding for the Union for Reform Judaism and, in this role, serves as a content manager and editor for ReformJudaism.org. A prolific essayist and lifestyle blogger, Kate's writing has been featured in The Washington PostEsquire, Woman's Day, Cleveland Magazine, HeyAlma.com, Jewish Women Archive, and more. Kate, who grew up at Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, OH, holds a degree in magazine journalism and lives in Cleveland, OH, with her husband.

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