NCJW Pledge: Dobbs vs Jackson

  • The issue: On December 1, 2021, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization a case that has the potential to overturn the constitutional right to abortion granted by Roe v. Wade. More than 20 states are poised to immediately restrict access to abortion if that happens, which will lead to millions of vulnerable pregnant people struggling to find services, being forced to travel long distances, and spending significant funds they may not have to secure abortion care.
  • The good news: The Constitution — and public opinion — are on our side! Since 1973, the Supreme Court has affirmed and reaffirmed the constitutional guarantee that each person has the right to choose abortion. And, an April 2021 poll from the Pew Research Center found that an overwhelming majority of Americans think abortion should be legal.
  • Our task: Sign this pledge to affirm that abortion access should be expanded and not eliminated.

As a National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) advocate, I support abortion access and am outraged by the Supreme Court’s decision to hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case surrounding Mississippi’s unconstitutional law banning all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Consistent with the Jewish value of kavod ha’briot, or respect and dignity for all human beings, I believe that everyone deserves access to the abortion care they need.

If the Supreme Court ultimately rules in favor of this Mississippi law, there will be devastating consequences nationwide. Pregnant people — already faced with steep financial burdens — would be forced to travel far distances to access abortions (potentially across state borders), potentially scramble to find childcare for long periods of time, and many would struggle with the threat of losing their jobs (because of the amount of time they will need to take off in order to be able to get to their appointments). They could be forced to carry an unwanted or non-viable pregnancy to term and there could be criminalized repercussions for crossing borders to access care in other states. The list of challenges goes on and on. Accessing an abortion clinic has always been an uphill battle for some but with this case, it could become impossible for nearly everyone trying to access care.

These obstacles disproportionately harm Black, Indigenous, and people of color; young people; people struggling to make ends meet; people living with disabilities; people in rural communities; immigrants; and LGBTQ+ individuals.

Abortion bans hurt women and those who can become pregnant who are trying to access care. Some people will turn to unsafe or illegal methods of abortion. And some people will simply suffer the consequences of being forced to carry an unwanted or unviable pregnancy to term.

Should Roe be overturned, 24 states have laws that could be used to restrict the legal status of abortion, ten of which would be immediately “triggered” to ban all or most abortions.

We cannot let this come to pass! Sign your name below.

I affirm my and every person’s right to abortion care. I believe abortion access should be expanded and not eliminated.