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A Message From Rabbi Bellows, June 26, 2022 / 27 Sivan 5782

Dear Friends,

The Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health has arrived. As expected, the verdict overturns Roe v. Wade and ends the constitutional protections for abortion access and reproductive rights. Abortion will remain legal in Illinois but will be illegal in 13 states with an additional 13 states indicating that they will quickly move to restrict access.

The Jewish Community recognizes the need of many to find resources for action and to find comfort in community as we face an unprecedented change in our fundamental human rights.

Here are some resources and information through NCJW and the Jewish Abortion Access Coalition. The following are events that NCJW will be hosting, determined by the day of the decision:
In the following days:

•In the next few days, NCJW will host a Jewish Community Briefing with the legal team from the Center for Reproductive Rights who argued the SCOTUS case. They will share what the decision says and what it means; we will also offer a high-level look at what this means for accessing abortion care now. We will also offer ways individuals and organizations can get involved, and some key questions that organizations should be considering for their employees and other constituents in this new medical and legal landscape. DETAILS are forthcoming. I will send another alert and will post on our CBA Facebook pages as well. Pre-Register Here

•On Thursday, July 14, 12:30pm CDT, Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg will provide an in-depth teaching on Jewish sources around abortion justice over Zoom. Pre-Register Here

With Prayers, Protest, Love, and Blessings,
Rabbi Bellows