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Oppose Financial Burdens on Abortion Access!

Background

On January 22, 2015, the House of Representatives voted to pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 7), a dangerous bill that severely threatens a woman's right to make decisions about her reproductive health. This bill would prevent women seeking needed health care from using their own, private money to pay for abortion services. Bans on taxpayer funding for abortion also deny women the right to deduct abortion services in their health care tax credit, infringing not only on federally-administered health care plans, but also on privately-run and paid-for plans. This legislation would incentivize lead many private health insurance plans to eliminate abortion coverage altogether, thus dramatically reducing women’s access to safe and affordable abortion services.


The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015 would further enshrine the “Hyde Amendment” into law, barring any federal government money from being spent on abortions needed by women who rely on Medicaid, Indian Health Service, or TRICARE, the plan for military service members and their dependents, except in the cases of rape, incest or when the woman's life is in danger. Despite the health care disparities the Affordable Care Act seeks to correct, this bill would certainly reinforce an unfortunate reality that a woman’s ability to fully access her reproductive rights is dependent on where she falls on the income ladder. 

Jewish Values

Our tradition teaches that all life is sacred. Although an unborn fetus is precious and to be protected, Judaism views the life and well-being of the mother as paramount, placing a higher value on existing life than on potential life.

We learn from Mishnah Ohalot 7:6 that a woman is forbidden from sacrificing her own life for that of the fetus, and if her life is threatened, the text permits her no other option but abortion. In addition, if the mental health, sanity, or self-esteem of the woman (i.e. in the case of rape or incest) is at risk due to the pregnancy itself, the Mishnah permits the woman to terminate the pregnancy. 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. 

Take Action

Urge your Senators to oppose this dangerous legislation, which would deprive women of the ability to make their own choices about their reproductive health.

To reach your Members of Congress, call the Capitol Switchboard at  202-224-3121.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant
Rachel Chung at 202-387-2800.

For more information on reproductive rights, click here.