by Rebecca Krevat, NCJW Field Outreach Associate
I can’t remember the last time I woke up at 3am for anything. But last Tuesday, I was awake before the sun came up to take a five-hour bus ride to Washington, DC, for the Rally for Birth Control Access. That same day the Supreme Court heard two cases dealing with religious objections to covering certain types of birth control under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I felt that it was my duty to stand up for my beliefs at the rally – not only as a supporter of access to healthcare for all and a supporter of reproductive justice, but especially as a Jew.
What made the rally special was the diversity of groups represented – religious groups, LGBT rights groups, workers’ rights groups – all banding together to say that we will not let our bosses dictate when we’d like to start a family, let alone any of our other healthcare decisions. It felt so good to chant “pro-faith, pro-birth control” and “pro-family, pro-birth control” in the face of our opponents who claim the values of “faith” and “family” as their own. I was proud to stand with my NCJW co-workers and activists from other religious groups, such as Catholics for Choice, to say that we will not stand idly by while corporations try to come between us, our doctors, and our faith leaders. As we stood in the snow outside the Supreme Court, we couldn’t feel our hands and feet, but my co-workers and I proudly held up our NCJW “a faith in the future, a belief in action” rally signs. We chanted alongside our coalition partners and literally raised ourselves up onto each other’s shoulders to block the violent and offensive signs of counter-protesters claiming their own faith to be more important than ours.