HADASSAH DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED WITH TODAY'S SUPREME COURT RULING
(New York, NY -- April 18, 2007) -- Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is deeply disappointed with today's Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the ban on late-term abortions, the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. With this decision, Hadassah feels that the Court has inappropriately inserted itself into the personal lives of American women.
In a statement today, National President June Walker had this to say: "We are saddened by the Supreme Court's involvement in a decision that we feel is basically a matter of each woman's conscience as well what may be best for her medically. It represents government's interference in a private realm, where a woman makes decisions based on personal choice in consultation with her own religious beliefs.
"We echo Justice Ginsberg's dissenting view that 'this decision is alarming' in that it also ignores previous Supreme Court decisions affirming a woman's right to choose whether to carry a pregnancy to full term or terminate it. We are concerned that interference of this kind may place the health of a pregnant woman in jeopardy, something that is considered unacceptable by the Jewish religion, which places the health of the mother above all other considerations."
Hadassah has long been a staunch advocate for reproductive rights. Hadassah regards reproductive freedom as a fundamental right protected by the First Amendment, which guarantees religious freedom and separation of church and state.