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CONVENTIONS & CONFERENCES:

 July 21-23, 2014: National Convention in Las Vegas.  Call the FAR office for information at 561-498-1012.
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Upcoming Region Events:

 Go to www.floridaatlantic.hadassah.org for all the details.

 

 THE TA-TA's ARE COMING!

DO NOT BE LEFT OUT.  Please note all 5 enclosures.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 11, 2014 

All of us at Hadassah share a profound love—and deep concern—for Israel.Please click here to watch a video message I have recorded to bring you up to date on our friends and colleagues in Israel.

 

As I mentioned in my last email to you, we are asking for your generous donation to Hadassah's Readiness Fund, to ensure that our hospitals, Youth Aliyah and Young Judaea have the resources they need to help children and families throughout Israel. Please donate today.

Take Action: Send a letter to your Senators and Representatives asking for continued support for Israel.

Operation Protective Edge Updates: See my letters expressing our support and prayers to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the staff of Hadassah Medical Organization


Wishing you and all Israel
Shabbat Shalom,


Marcie Natan
National President

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 30, 2014

Hadassah Disappointed by Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision

NEW YORK – Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., is deeply disappointed and concerned by the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. 

The Supreme Court has struck down aspects of the Affordable Care Act contraception mandate, certifying that closely-held for-profit companies can assert religious beliefs and avoid providing their employees with no-cost contraception coverage. The court decision has opened the door to broadening the contraception exception, potentially allowing insurance companies and third-party administrators to provide contraceptive coverage directly to employees of closely-held for-profit companies, in addition to those of religiously-affiliated non-profits. 

Hadassah, which signed an amicus brief in this case, releases the following statement: 

It has been nearly 50 years since the Supreme Court first granted women legal access to contraception. Tragically, today’s decision in Hobby Lobby was a giant step backward for women’s reproductive rights. 

Preventive care encourages personal health awareness and early detection – rightfully putting women in charge of their own health and wellness. The Supreme Court has not disputed that access to no-cost contraceptive coverage, an essential component of women’s preventive care and overall health, is within the government’s interest. However, it is deeply disappointing and concerning that the Court would allow an employer’s religious beliefs to supersede women’s health and the right of women to make their own health care decisions.

Hadassah remains concerned that religious exceptions to the contraception mandate create undue barriers for women. This court ruling still leaves open the possibility that employers can avoid compliance with the current religious exception because they claim the process is too onerous. 

We will continue to work with the Obama administration and Congress to ensure that whatever new policies are proposed to address this decision are in the best interest of women and families. 

     

 

 

 



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