Illinois Courts Matter Statement on the Nomination of Thomas Kirsch to the Seventh Circuit

Faith-Centered, Values-Based, & Religious Organizations Express Support for the EACH Woman Act

Dear Representatives Lowey, Granger, DeLauro, and Cole:

The undersigned religious, religiously-affiliated, values-based, and faith‐centered
organizations and communities represent millions of people of faith and conscience committed to
securing universal access to affordable health coverage, including coverage for abortion care. We
write to express our strong and unequivocal support for HR 1692, the Equal Access to Abortion
Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act.
For over 40 years, the Hyde Amendment has pushed time-sensitive, essential abortion
care out of reach for countless Americans by discriminating against those struggling to make
ends meet. Now, the measure not only denies abortion coverage through Medicaid, Medicare,
and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), but also extends to federal employees and
dependents, military personnel and dependents, Peace Corps volunteers, indigenous peoples

receiving care from federal or tribal programs, pregnant individuals in federal prisons and
detention centers, pregnant individuals receiving care from community health centers, and
survivors of human trafficking. The EACH Woman Act would permanently end Hyde and
related coverage bans while prohibiting political interference in private insurance coverage of
abortion at all levels of government, ensuring that everyone is able to live safely, to make our
own decisions about our health care and futures, and to thrive in our communities with dignity.
Indeed, coverage bans further enshrine systemic racism in our federal laws and
regulations and strip the poor of access to abortion, disproportionately impacting those struggling
financially; Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities; young people;
people living with disabilities; rural communities; immigrants; and LGBTQ individuals. People
in the United States are facing severe economic duress compounded by a growing health crisis
and firmly institutionalized racism; we cannot afford to further wrong the most vulnerable. As
people of faith and conscience, we believe in the inherent dignity and equal worth of all people.
We are, therefore, called to treat all individuals with respect, no matter their income, insurance,
gender, race, or other factors.
We also believe in the power of compassion to build a just and fair society. Our nation is
at its best when our laws match our compassion. A compassionate nation ensures that every
single person can access quality, timely medical services from trusted providers when they seek
abortion care — regardless of how much they earn, how they are insured, or where they live.
Because of our faith traditions, consciences, and deep respect for an individual’s moral agency,
we support policies grounded in compassion that protect each person’s right to care for their own
body, health, and well-being and to ensure all others can do the same.

Finally, religious freedom is an essential shared principle undergirding our support of
policies that ensure equitable access to abortion. The United States is home to people of many
different faiths as well as people with no religious affiliation. We cannot limit an individual’s
religious liberty by enshrining one set of beliefs into law and restricting their ability to make
personal decisions about their pregnancy, health, and family according to their own religious or
moral beliefs and conscience. No government committed to human rights and democracy can
privilege one religion over another.
Eschewing insurance coverage bans is a moral good. No one should be denied an
abortion because of who they are, where they live, or how much they earn. It is long past time for
our elected officials to eliminate the Hyde Amendment and all bans that interfere with people
receiving the care they need.

Respectfully,
National Council of Jewish Women
Catholics for Choice
African American Ministers In Action
American Jewish World Service
Avodah
Bend the Arc: Jewish Action
Carolina Jews for Justice
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Clergy Advocacy Board of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Feminist Agenda Network
Florida Interfaith Coalition for Reproductive Health and Justice
Habonim Dror North America
Interfaith Voices for Reproductive Justice
Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action
Jewish Community Action
Jewish Women International
Jewtina y Co.
Just Texas: Faith Voices for Justice
Keshet
Lab/Shul
Methodist Federation for Social Action
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Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network (MUUSJN)
National Council of Jewish Women, Arizona Section
National Council of Jewish Women, Atlanta Section
National Council of Jewish Women, Austin Section
National Council of Jewish Women, Bergen County Section
National Council of Jewish Women, Chicago North Shore Section
National Council of Jewish Women, Cleveland Section
National Council of Jewish Women, Colorado Section
National Council of Jewish Women, Columbus Section
National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section
National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Dallas Section
National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Houston Section
National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Miami Section
National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section
National Council of Jewish Women, Louisville Section
National Council of Jewish Women, Maryland Action Team
National Council of Jewish Women, Massachusetts State Policy Advocate
National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan Section
National Council of Jewish Women, Minnesota Section
National Council of Jewish Women, Nashville Section
National Council of Jewish Women, Northern Virginia Action Team
National Council of Jewish Women, Peninsula Section
National Council of Jewish Women, Sacramento Section
National Council of Jewish Women, Saddleback Section
National Council of Jewish Women, Sarasota-Manatee Section
National Council of Jewish Women, South Cook Section
National Council of Jewish Women, St. Louis Section
National Council of Jewish Women, Washington State Policy Advocate
New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Rabbinical Assembly
Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Society for Humanistic Judaism
T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
Texas Freedom Network
Union for Reform Judaism
Women of Reform Judaism
Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER)

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