Hadassah Confirms New Policy Statements Reaffirming Support for Choice in a Post-Roe Landscape and Championing Israel’s Right to Exist

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

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NEW YORK, NY – Today, Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, unanimously voted to adopt two new policy statements at their semi-annual National Assembly held in Florida. “Championing Israel’s Right to Exist” reaffirms Hadassah’s unwavering support for Zionism, Israel’s right to exist and the Israeli people’s right to self-determination. “Support for Choice in a Post-Roe Landscape” reaffirms Hadassah’s unwavering support for complete access to reproductive choice and health care after the overturning of Roe v. Wade and federal protections in June 2022.

“Hadassah, as a Zionist organization, will always support Israel’s right to exist as a shining example of democracy in the Middle East,” said Rhoda Smolow, Hadassah National President. “Hadassah is also deeply committed to women’s health and reproductive choice. In 2023, Hadassah and its 300,000 members will continue to advocate for policies that support our values.”

Hadassah’s policy statement “Championing Israel’s Right to Exist” reaffirms Hadassah’s commitment to declaring our Zionism with pride, changing current negative connotations of Zionism and empowering others to publicly claim their support for Israel through education, advocacy and discourse, while fighting hateful and untruthful labels attributed to Israel. Hadassah urges everyone to reject and denounce dangerous and inflammatory accusations meant to demonize the state of Israel.

Hadassah’s policy statement “Support for Choice in a Post-Roe Landscape” reaffirms Hadassah’s commitment to fight for protections for patients who seek reproductive health services as well as the health professionals who provide services and allies that facilitate access to care. Hadassah calls on policymakers at the local, state and federal levels to recognize reproductive choice as a fundamental women’s health issue and to safeguard access to reproductive health services.

Read the full statement “Support for Choice in a Post-Roe Landscape” here and the full “Championing Israel’s Right to Exist” here.

ABOUT HADASSAH:

Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), is the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States. With nearly 300,000 members, Associates and supporters, HWZOA brings women together to effect change and advocate on such critical issues as ensuring the security of Israel, combating antisemitism and promoting women’s health. Through the two hospitals of the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) in Jerusalem, HWZOA helps support both exemplary care for more than one million people every year and world-renowned medical research. HMO serves without regard to race, religion or nationality and earned a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2005 for building bridges to peace through medicine. Additionally, HWZOA supports several Youth Aliyah villages that set at-risk children in Israel on the path to a successful future. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org or follow Hadassah on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.