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Tell Congress Not to Curtail Women’s Reproductive Rights

The House of Representatives is poised to vote on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017 (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 insurance 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 many private health insurance plans to eliminate abortion coverage altogether, thus dramatically reducing women’s access to safe and affordable abortion services.

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  • Background

    H.R. 7 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 reinforce an unfortunate reality that a woman’s ability to fully access her reproductive rights is dependent on her income. 

    Jewish Values

    Jewish 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 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 representatives to oppose H.R. 7, which would deprive women of the ability to make their own choices about their reproductive health.

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

    For more information on reproductive rights, click here.