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Men of Reform Judaism joins the Reform Movement in protesting the Texas Anti-Abortion Law

New York, September 1, 2021 – In response to a new Texas anti-abortion law that came into effect today, leaders of Reform Jewish Movement institutions issued the following statement:

We denounce, in the strongest terms, the law that went into effect today in Texas, effectively making abortion care illegal in that state. In the most insidious state abortion restriction adopted to date, this Texas law makes abortion illegal as early as six weeks, before many are even aware that they are pregnant. The law is manipulatively designed to thwart courts’ ability to protect reproductive freedom, prohibiting state officials from enforcing the law but empowering any Texan to sue any person—an abortion provider, a counselor, a member of the clergy, a clinic worker, even a driver who delivers a person to a clinic, to name a few examples—who assists in accessing abortion care. For this reason, many Texas clinics are now unable to provide abortion care at all, as they are understandably unwilling to place their workers at intolerable risk from potentially ruinous lawsuits enabled by this Texas law.

We are concerned about individuals who cannot afford to travel long distances to secure abortion care in neighboring states. We are also deeply concerned about Jews who will be unable to pursue an abortion in keeping with Jewish law, which mandates abortion when necessary to preserve the pregnant person’s wellbeing. With respect to Judaism’s own limited approval of abortion: ‘as we would not impose the historic position of Jewish teaching upon individuals nor legislate it as normative for society at large, so we would not wish the position of any other group imposed upon the Jewish community or the general population.’” We also ground ourselves in kavod ha’briyot—the sacred obligation to provide medical care.

We will continue to work to overturn this law, prevent similar laws from being adopted in other states, and affirm the right of every person to make their own reproductive health decisions.

Central Conference of American Rabbis

Rabbi Lewis Kamrass


Rabbi Hara E. Person

Chief Executive

Union for Reform Judaism

Jennifer Brodkey Kaufman


Rabbi Rick Jacobs


Commission on Social Action and Religious Action Center

Susan Friedberg Kalson


Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner


Women of Reform Judaism

Sara Charney


Rabbi Marla J. Feldman

Executive Director

Women’s Rabbinic Network

Rabbi Beth Klafter

Rabbi Emily Segal


Rabbi Mary Zamore

Executive Director

American Conference of Cantors

Cantor Claire Franco


Rachel Roth

Chief Operating Officer

NFTY, the Reform Jewish Youth Movement

Lev Mosbacher


Lynne Butner

Director of NFTY Engagement

Reform Pension Board

Leonard Teitelbaum


Michael A. Kimmel

Chief Executive Officer

Program & Engagement Professionals of Reform Judaism

Jason Plotkin


Association of Reform Jewish Educators

Marisa Kaiser


Rabbi Stanley T. Schickler

Executive Director

Men of Reform Judaism

Rob Himmelstein


Steven Portnoy

Executive Director

National Association for Temple Administration

Jack Feldman


Michael Liepman

Executive Director

Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism

Fern Katz


Tricia Ginis

Executive Director

National Association of Retired Reform Rabbis

Sheldon Harr


Julian and Susie Cook

Co-Executive Vice Presidents


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