WASHINGTON D.C. – Today the Supreme Court issued a 5-3 ruling in the Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt Case. The Court struck down two restrictions on abortion services in Texas, one requiring abortion providers to hold admitting privileges at local hospitals and another, requiring clinics upgrade their facilities to match surgical standards for major procedures.
Melanie Roth Gorelick, Senior Vice President of The Jewish Council for Public Affairs released the following statement:
“JCPA has long supported efforts to safeguard the spirit and impact of Roe v. Wade. Today’s decision in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt asserts that people of all faiths will continue to have access to safe, high quality, and comprehensive reproductive healthcare services. Five out of eight Justices concluded that a woman has a legal right to make her own decision about accessing the full range of reproductive health care in striking down the medically unnecessary requirements proposed in the Texas state law, HB2.”
Our Jewish community believes reproductive health decisions are best made by individuals in consultation with their families, health care professionals, and whoever else they choose. We respect and affirm the extensive Jewish teaching and tradition on family planning and abortion. We deeply appreciate the leadership and steadfast advocacy of many of our member agencies on this issue.