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Oppose Arbitrary Gestational Limits on Abortion!

The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1553 / H.R. 36) would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, with only narrow exceptions in cases of rape or incest or to protect the woman's life. The bill severely limits a woman’s autonomy over her own body and denies her the ability to make decisions according to her own beliefs and conscience. 1.5% of abortions happen after the 20-week mark; the women and families who need access to these kinds of abortions are often facing desperate circumstances. For example, some birth defects or fetal diseases are undetectable until later in pregnancy, around the 20-week mark.

The House of Representatives passed this dangerous bill in May 2015, and the Senate is now considering the bill.

Restrictions on abortion after an arbitrary point in gestation are a threat to reproductive rights and should not become law.

Protecting Reproductive Rights

Since the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973, American women’s right to make their own reproductive decisions – including decisions related to abortion – has been protected. Yet, anti-choice advocates have been working to restrict access to abortion through many means, from laws limiting the use of public funds that particularly impact low income women, to rules that take medical decisions out of doctors’ hands by proscribing certain procedures.

Jewish Values

Jewish tradition teaches that all life is sacred. Although an unborn fetus is precious and to be protected, Judaism looks on the life and well-being of the woman as central; women are required to care for their own health above all else, placing a higher value on existing life than on potential life. There are many examples in which our tradition teaches that abortion is to be condoned, but in some cases, it is mandated.

Grounded in these affirmations of a woman’s right to make decisions about her own health care, we strongly oppose restrictions on abortion access.

Take Action

Urge your Senators to oppose S. 1553, dangerous legislation that would drastically limit a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her reproductive health.

For more information, please contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Rachel Chung at 202-387-2800.