History Making Vote in House to Protect and Advance Abortion Access

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September 24, 2021

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History Making Vote in House to Protect and Advance Abortion Access 

WASHINGTON — Today, the House of Representatives took a crucial step to protect abortion access across the United States by passing the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA). National Council of Jewish Women CEO Sheila Katz issued the following statement in response:

“Passing the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) is an important step toward becoming a country where every person — regardless of who they are or where they live — is free to make the best health care decisions for themselves and their families. As Jews, we recognize abortion as essential health care, that is not only permitted, but in some cases, required by our tradition. We celebrate the House of Representatives’ passage of WHPA which moves us closer to ensuring that all people have access to the full range of reproductive options, including abortion, in line with their values and faith tradition.

“House passage comes at a time when abortion access is being threatened across the United States. Since 2011, anti-abortion lawmakers have passed more than 500 restrictive abortion laws through state legislatures and already 2021 is the worst legislative year ever for abortion rights. The people most impacted are Black, Indigenous and People of Color, women, members of the LGBTQI+ community, and those working to make ends meet who already face obstacles to health care. 

“During the Supreme Court term beginning next month, the Court will hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a challenge to Mississippi’s 15 week abortion ban that could determine the future of Roe v. Wade — possibly overturning this decades-old precedent — even as many people already cannot access this essential health care. Equal access to abortion care is essential for social and economic equity, reproductive autonomy, and to our futures. 

“WHPA would protect access to abortion without the intervention of the Supreme Court. Fully enacted this law would also guarantee providers the right to provide abortion care — and all people the right to receive that care — without limitations that single out abortion or impede access. Importantly, the bill would also establish clear guidance for courts considering whether a requirement impedes access to abortion care, in violation of this law.

“Every day, across the country, National Council of Jewish Women advocates work to ensure we can all make our own moral and faith-informed decisions about our bodies, health, and future. This effort will continue with pressure on the Senate to now pass WHPA without delay to guarantee equitable access to abortion in every corner of the United States.”

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National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 200,000 volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Through a program of education, community service, and advocacy, our advocates across the country create lasting social change on our key issues of the federal courts; reproductive health, rights and justice; and voter engagement. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

 

National Council of Jewish Women Support DOJ Lawsuit Against Texas Abortion Ban

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September 9, 2021

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National Council of Jewish Women Support DOJ Lawsuit Against Texas Abortion Ban

WASHINGTON — Following the announcement of the Department of Justice lawsuit against the state of Texas to block its six-week abortion ban, a legacy Jewish women’s organization, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), and its over 200,000 advocates are joining in support of the DOJ’s stance that the ban is “clearly unconstitutional under longstanding Supreme Court precedent,” particularly on grounds of religious freedom. Sheila Katz, NCJW’s CEO, issued the following statement: 

“We applaud the Department of Justice for taking a critical first step in protecting access to reproductive healthcare. The lawsuit by the Department of Justice can once again restore the rights that the Texas state government has violated. Abortion is a constitutional right and any denial of coverage or access to this necessary healthcare is a violation of religious freedom. 

“National Council of Jewish Women is committed to increasing abortion access because we are a Jewish organization, not despite it. Our tradition views abortion as essential health care, not only permitted but in some cases commanded when a life is at risk. 

“All women and pregnant people deserve access to the broad range of reproductive health care, including abortions in clinics and self-managed abortions. To prevent Texas’ law from becoming a precedent and ensuring real, lasting change, the Women’s Health Protection Act needs to pass through Congress and be signed into law. Only then with federal legislation can we safeguard against bans and medically unnecessary restrictions.”

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National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 200,000 volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Through a program of education, community service, and advocacy, our advocates across the country create lasting social change on our key issues of the federal courts; reproductive health, rights, and justice, and voter engagement. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

National Council of Jewish Women: Abortion is Essential Health Care

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September 1, 2021

 

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National Council of Jewish Women: Abortion is Essential Health Care
National Council of Jewish Women condemn the inaction by the Supreme Court allowing Texas abortion ban to go into effect

WASHINGTON — Today, Texas’ abortion ban was allowed to go into effect due to inaction by the Supreme Court. National Council of Jewish Women CEO Sheila Katz issued the following statement in response:

“Today legal abortion has effectively been banned in the state of Texas, and it’s clear the rest of our country could be headed in that direction. This is a devastating loss for all of us fighting for our bodily autonomy and control. The inaction by the Supreme Court not only puts millions of Texans at risk, particularly women, people of Color and LGBTQ folks, but also makes it clear that this Court will uphold other barriers to access this essential health care for all of us in this country.

“Abortion is health care. Our Jewish values compel us to support full access to safe and legal abortion care as basic health care. This Texas law awards anti-abortion extremists by allowing them to sue anyone who helps someone get an abortion after 6 weeks. And if they are successful in their suit, they’ll be rewarded with at least $10,000 – to be paid by the person sued.

“This is a racial justice issue. This is an economic justice issue. This is a public health issue. We must continue to advocate for access to abortion so that everyone, not just those in positions of privilege, can make their own health care decisions with dignity.

“We need Congress to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act to protect access to abortion without the intervention of the Court. We will continue to mobilize to ensure that every single person can make their own decisions about their health.”

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National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 200,000 volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Through a program of education, community service, and advocacy, our advocates across the country create lasting social change on our key issues of the federal courts; reproductive health, rights, and justice, and voter engagement. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

National Council of Jewish Women Applauds House Vote to End Restrictions on Medicaid Abortion Access

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July 29, 2021

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National Council of Jewish Women Applauds House Vote to End Restrictions on Medicaid Abortion Access

WASHINGTON – National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) celebrates today’s passage of a Fiscal Year 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill in the House of Representatives without the Hyde Amendment, which would deny abortion coverage to those enrolled in federal health plans and programs. NCJW CEO Sheila Katz issued the following statement:

“Today, for the first time in decades, the US House of Representatives has passed a spending bill that does not ban Medicaid insurance coverage of abortion through the immoral Hyde Amendment. This historic victory for reproductive freedom sends a clear message: it is time to eradicate barriers to abortion care. All people deserve to make their own decisions about their future and health with dignity and economic security.

“We are incredibly grateful to Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) as well as women of color across the country who have led the fight to end Hyde for over 40 years.

“Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has pushed time-sensitive, essential abortion care out of reach for countless Americans struggling to make ends meet, disproportionately harming Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities; young people; people living with disabilities; rural communities; immigrants; and LGBTQ individuals. This policy is a painful example of how systemic racism permeates our federal laws and regulations and how factors like economic insecurity and immigration status multiply barriers to abortion care. Government interference with abortion coverage jeopardizes the health and lives of pregnant people, pushing people into poverty and forcing them to carry unwanted pregnancies to term. When people can make decisions that are best for their lives, women, children, families and communities thrive.

“As Jews, we are morally obligated to seek justice and fair treatment for all, particularly for the most marginalized and oppressed among us. Ending the Hyde Amendment is a matter of reproductive justice, of economic justice, of racial justice. We thank the House of Representatives for taking a decisive step in this direction and urge our lawmakers to pass the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Act (HR 2234/S 1021) to guarantee coverage of all pregnancy-related care, including abortion, in federal health plans and programs.”

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National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 200,000 volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Through a program of education, community service, and advocacy, our advocates across the country create lasting social change on our key issues of the federal courts; reproductive health, rights, and justice, and voter engagement. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

National Council of Jewish Women Dismayed by Supreme Court Voting Rights Decision, Vows to Fight to Ensure Equitable Access to the Ballot Box

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July 1, 2021

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National Council of Jewish Women Dismayed by Supreme Court Voting Rights Decision, Vows to Fight to Ensure Equitable Access to the Ballot Box

WASHINGTON – In response to today’s Supreme Court decision in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) CEO Sheila Katz issued the following statement:

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court in favor of Arizona’s restrictive voting laws will negatively impact voters across the country – particularly those who are already marginalized. By allowing the laws in Arizona to remain in place, the Court has further weakened the Voting Rights Act, and once more demonstrated the need for Congress to take action to pass the For The People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

“The decision will embolden efforts across the country to cut early voting, reduce polling places, and collect absentee ballots, which as a result, brings voters, especially Latino, Asian American, Native American, and Black voters—some of whom states are deliberately targeting —more barriers than White voters to making their voices heard in local, state, and federal elections.  Justice Kagan summed up this disturbing turn of events by stating in her eloquently crafted dissent that, ‘By declaring some racially discriminatory burdens inconsequential, […] the majority enables voting discrimination.’

“Since our founding during the fight for women’s suffrage, National Council of Jewish Women has worked to ensure every eligible voter is able to register to vote, cast a ballot, and engage at all levels of government in a deep and meaningful way. Black and Brown voters showed up in record numbers to make their voices heard in the 2020 election despite the countless attempts of voter suppression during a pandemic. Today’s decision is a devastating reinforcement that our work to guarantee easy and equitable access to the ballot box is more urgent than ever. In order to promote our mission of supporting women, children, and families, we must ensure easy and equitable access to the ballot box. It is the literal foundation of our democracy.

“Right now, 48 states have introduced nearly 400 bills to restrict access to voting for millions of citizens. Given the assault on voting rights from the states, now given the green light by the Supreme Court, the need for new expansive federal protections is abundantly clear. We call on Congress to  pass the For The People Act and  the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to ensure that our elections can truly be free, fair, and accessible to all voters.”

National Council of Jewish Women Arizona Section President Civia Tamarkin added:

“It is at our core as an organization to ensure every eligible voter is able to register to vote, cast a ballot and engage in all levels of government in a deep and meaningful way. Voters from all backgrounds, ethnicities, and identities showed up in record numbers, including in Arizona, to make their voices heard in the 2020 election despite the countless attempts at voter suppression during a pandemic. Today’s decision is a sad reminder that our work to guarantee easy and equitable access to the ballot box is more urgent than ever.”

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National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 200,000 volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Through a program of education, community service, and advocacy, our advocates across the country create lasting social change on our key issues of the federal courts; reproductive health, rights, and justice, and voter engagement. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

For The People Act Should Protect, Strengthen the Sacred Right to Vote

June 22, 2021

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For The People Act Should Protect, Strengthen the Sacred Right to Vote

WASHINGTON — Today, S 1, the For the People Act, failed to pass a procedural vote in the Senate, leaving protections for the sacred right to vote still in flux. National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) CEO Sheila Katz issued the following statement:

National Council of Jewish Women urge Senate passage of expansive democracy reforms to expand and safeguard voting rights for all

“National Council of Jewish Women Jewish is extremely disappointed that the For the People Act, or S 1, a bill designed to expand voter access and protections failed in the Senate tonight. Our democracy is strongest when it reflects the diversity of its people. We must always protect and promote the right to vote for all Americans. 

“As Jews, we are commanded by our tradition to pursue justice. The For the People Act would create a democracy that values all voices and build a more just society by modernizing voter registration allowing for online automatic and same-day voter registration; restoring voting rights to returning citizens; establishing two weeks of early voting for federal elections; making Election Day a federal holiday; increasing funds for election security; and requiring states to implement independent redistricting commissions.

“Right now, 48 states have introduced more than 385 bills to restrict access to voting for millions of Americans. The For the People Act would combat these restrictions by increasing political power in marginalized communities and ensure that people of color, and more women, can run for elected office to better represent their communities. 

“The right to vote is fundamental. We urge the Senate to follow the lead of the House by passing the For the People Act and putting the people of this country first.”  

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National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 180,000 volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Through a program of education, community service, and advocacy, our advocates across the country create lasting social change on our key issues of the federal courts; reproductive health, rights, and justice; and voter engagement. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.