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Zioness Statement on the Supreme Court’s Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade

A supermajority of Americans support a woman’s right to make choices about her own body, her own future, and her own family. A supermajority of Americans want abortion access to be safe and accessible, and understand that we cannot live in a free country when women don’t have reproductive freedom. Indeed, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights, over the last several decades, nearly 50 countries have liberalized their abortion laws to advance women’s reproductive autonomy.

But not America. In America, a woman’s constitutionally protected right to control her body and make her own decisions about her health has now been eliminated. A victim of rape could be forced to bear her rapist’s child. A pregnant woman with a serious health condition could be forced to give her life in service to an embryo or a fetus. A woman’s right to religious freedom –– and her right to be free of the religious views of others –– has now been eliminated. A Jewish woman honoring her obligation to her own health and life above all else, to pikuach nefesh, could be prosecuted. In America, from this day forward, women will not know freedom.

There is so much more to say: about the legitimacy of our judiciary; about the obligations and responsibilities of the impregnator, on which the Court is entirely silent; about our First Amendment right to religious liberty and the indisputably theocratic elements of any anti-abortion analysis; about the perverse lie that is the term “pro-life”; about the massively disproportionate impact overturning Roe will have on underserved, underrepresented, rural, economically disadvantaged, victimized, single and minority women; about the devastating consequences for Black maternal mortality; about medical safety, economic opportunity and gender equality. The consequence of today’s decision, destroying 50 years of fundamental rights, will reverberate for at least a generation.

We know you are exhausted, that this horrendous Supreme Court decision is gut-wrenching, and that after years of pandemic, exploding gun violence, extreme racial and gender inequities, democratic backsliding, inflation and insecurity, you feel paralyzed. We know it is hard to see through the pain of this moment or to feel like there is anything you can do. But we do not have the luxury of resigning ourselves to this reality, and we cannot mourn this tragic decision in silence and despair.

We are Zionists, and, against all the odds, we have been victorious in the fight for our lives, our bodies, and our liberation. We are Jews, who have persevered for thousands of years in a world that has never recognized our humanity or our right to live free and prosperous lives. We are allies who have never given up in the fight for justice and equity for so many persecuted groups. Today, we are American women and allies who will fight, rally, vote, organize, mobilize and take action until every American who wants or needs an abortion can access one. 

Please reach out to us if you plan to go to rallies or events this weekend. You can download a Zioness poster HERE or reach out to us if you have a group marching and you want us to get posters printed for you. We encourage you to show up, as a Zioness, and tell the world that your values –– as progressives, feminists and Zionists –– will never be shut down without a fight.

We will not give up. We will not be silent. We will be marching alongside you.

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