This year marks the 41st anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, recognizing a woman’s constitutional right to make her own reproductive health choices—including seeking access to legal abortion.
Over forty years later, the fight for reproductive rights continues. State legislatures have passed nearly 200 abortion restrictions since 2011, Congress is considering several bills to limit access, and the Supreme Court is poised to decide new reproductive health cases this year. Hadassah members, associates, and supporters are reproductive rights advocates in their cities and states—helping to defeat a 20-week abortion ban in Albuquerque, and opposing clinic regulations in Texas, restrictive insurance policies in Michigan, and transvaginal ultrasound requirements in Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Congress is considering two key bills that would drastically limit access to reproductive health services. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would impose a national ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would restrict public and private health insurance options for abortion coverage. Visit Hadassah's National Action Center to learn more and urge Congress to oppose this legislation.
In response to the onslaught of attacks, advocates and allies are fighting back! The Women’s Health Protection Act, introduced last November, would enforce and protect the constitutional right to safe and legal abortion, no matter what state a woman lives in. This legislation would allow Congress to regulate and standardize abortion laws—ensuring quality care, while protecting against onerous and medically unnecessary requirements placed on patients, physicians, and service providers. Click here to thank the bill's co-sponsors and urge Congress to pass the Women's Health Protection Act.
At the Supreme Court
In January, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in McCullen v. Coakely, a case about the Massachusetts buffer zone law that protects patients and employees of reproductive health clinics. Hadassah joined with coalition partners in signing an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in this case.
After months of federal circuit court cases, the Supreme Court will hear two cases on March 25 regarding the contraception mandate, which requires all secular employers to provide free contraception coverage (no co-pays). Hadassah has joined several amicus briefs in the circuit court cases, and a brief for the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Supreme Court cases. Learn more about these cases from our friends at SCOTUSblog.