Reform Jewish Voice of New York State


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Urge Gov. Cuomo to Support Women's Reproductive Health!


BACKGROUND:
While New York State was a trailblazer in 1970, becoming one of the first states to legalize abortion three years before Roe v. Wade, our law has since become outdated. Current policy fails to account for changes in abortion care and does not contain a health exception or any affirmative guarantee protecting a woman's right to make decisions regarding contraception and abortion.  Instead, we must rely on the U.S. Constitution, which leaves these rights vulnerable to further erosion by the Supreme Court. The Reproductive Health Act (S. 00438), introduced in January 2013 in the Senate, will repeal the penal code provisions containing New York's abortion statute and place laws related to the regulation of abortion in the public health code. Consistent with Roe v. Wade, the Act would allow abortion up to the point of viability and after that, only if there is a threat to the woman's health or life. 

JEWISH VALUES:
The Reform Movement has long championed reproductive freedom.  In 1975, the Union for Reform Judaism resolved "The question of when life begins is a matter of religious belief and not medical or legal fact."  It is due to the fundamental Jewish belief in the sanctity of life that abortion is viewed as both a moral and correct decision under some circumstances.  Choices regarding one's own reproductive health are intensely personal, and the Reform Movement vigorously opposes any legislation suggesting that women are incapable of private moral judgments. We trust women to make health care decisions that are best for them and their families.

TAKE ACTION:
Urge Gov. Cuomo to support women's reproductive rights and the Reproductive Health Act. The Governor's office can be reached at 518.474.8390 or you can send an e-mail below. For more information, please contact Program Associate Molly Benoit at 202.387.2800.