Reproductive Choice

July 2019

Women’s Health

Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), reaffirms its unwavering support for full and complete access to reproductive health services and a woman’s right to make health decisions according to her own religious, moral, and ethical values.  Hadassah affirms support for women’s access to contraception as an essential component of their preventive health and recognizes the role that reproductive freedom plays in women’s empowerment, economic equity and security. Hadassah also acknowledges the full spectrum of people, including transgender and nonbinary people, who also need reproductive health care and respect for their bodily autonomy.  

During the last several years, there has been an onslaught of attacks on reproductive rights. State and federal legislators have considered hundreds of bills that would place onerous and medically unnecessary requirements on patients, physicians, and service providers.  State legislatures have passed over 450 restrictions since 2011.  

Hadassah opposes any attempts—through state administrative regulations, legislation, public referendum, or court action—to restrict the right to reproductive choice and/or use of family planning programs delivering any and all services, especially restrictions such as:

         

In order to ensure the constitutional right to safe and legal reproductive health services and support women’s preventive and reproductive health internationally, Hadassah calls upon:

         

Hadassah urges all units to educate and mobilize their members and communities in support of reproductive rights, including joining in coalitions with other freedom of choice advocacy groups.

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