Jewish views on abortion are complex across the ideological spectrum, but law and tradition do not prohibit it or recognize an unborn fetus as a legal person in its own right. And 83% of American Jews say abortion should be legal in all or most cases. according to Pew To research. Speakers and supporters outlined their responses to the Supreme Court’s draft opinion quashing Roe vs. Wade which was leaked recently when they were angry, scared, shocked and feeling like a basic religious freedom could be taken away from them. (A final decision is expected before early July.)
“I am furious that this Supreme Court is codifying right-wing Christian values for the whole country. I am now a single voter and I am so crazy. Women are going to die,” said Hadas Dubrawsky, 60, a housewife from Kemp Mill, Maryland, who was there with her 21-year-old daughter. “Even corpses have the right to bodily autonomy. You cannot remove an organ from a deceased person without permission. In a way, women are less than a corpse.
Dubrawsky held up a sign that read “NO ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION. FREE EXERCISE.
Her daughter, Diana, who was among a crowd in her twenties, broke down in tears as she spoke about feeling that ending the constitutional right to abortion violated what she had been taught to religious school growing up.
“I was always taught, ‘You have a voice.’ And seeing the detrimental change that is happening to women’s health is terrifying. It goes against everything I have been taught. My voice doesn’t matter.
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There have been several large and small rallies in DC and other US cities since the draft notice leaked. While anti-abortion rallies organized by Catholics are common, Tuesday showed some of the faith-based side of the abortion rights movement.
The majority of members of most faith groups say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, Research bench shows, including 82% Buddhists, 55% Muslims, 53% Orthodox Christians and 68% Hindus. The largest faith groups in the country are Catholics, who are split roughly 50-50, and Evangelical Protestants, 33% of whom support access while 63% oppose it.
Speakers worked on Tuesday to encourage and motivate the crowd, with a rabbi reminding them of the central Jewish narrative of leaving and rejecting the values of Egypt and living a long time in the desert. Banning abortion, said Rabbi Jill Jacobs, is unfair and a kind of “Egypt,” and the road to a promised land is “neither easy nor short.”
More … than 100 jews groups co-sponsored the event, and speakers included black, non-Jewish clergy, and LGBTQ leaders who all characterized the ability to make reproductive decisions as a human right. The event was organized by the National Council of Jewish Women, which announced earlier within the week, for the first time in its 129-year history, it would directly fund another group, the National Abortion Federation. The funds “will help people access and receive abortion care.”
About half a dozen people who said they were Jewish and held anti-abortion signs on the sidelines of the event argued with some attendees.
“I had an abortion and I don’t need your card,” Sonya Michel, a retired professor of women’s history at the University of Maryland, told anti-abortionist Cecily Routman. activist from Pennsylvania who offered a business card with the logo of a mother and baby inside a Jewish star.
“I would have taken that baby for you,” Routman said.
“I’m not a baby machine,” Michel said. “Having a baby is not a simple thing without impacting your body.”
The woman next to Michel was holding a sign that read, “This Jewish grandma is still pissed off.
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An hour after the Jewish event, on the street outside the Supreme Court, about 150 anti-abortion protesters rallied with evangelical cult leader and former right-wing congressional candidate Sean Feucht. They raised their hands and cheered as speakers said the court’s conservative majority was the answer to their prayers to abolish abortion.
U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) also led the crowd in prayer against abortion as supporters shouted “Hallelujah!”