Tag Archives: Reproductive Rights

Ensuring Servicewomen Have Access to the Justice They Deserve

This week, Congress will consider amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an annual bill that sets policy for the Defense Department by authorizing programs and suggesting funding levels. The different military-related items included in the bill provide for the safety and security of the nation and the soldiers who defend it, making it a “must-pass” bill that will garner attention and spark conversation this week. Senators Gillibrand (D-NY) and Shaheen (D-NH) have both offered amendments to this year’s NDAA to improve justice for service members, and in particular servicewomen, with two important reforms: improvements to the military sexual assault adjudication process and increased access to abortion at military treatment facilities. Read more…

The Right to Use Contraception is Only 50 Years Old

June 7 marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, which overturned a Connecticut law prohibiting the use of contraception. Although this decision is not as much of a household name as the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion, the 1965 Griswold decision made Roe possible by establishing that married couples have a constitutional right to privacy. The Court extended this right to unmarried couples in Eisenstadt v. Baird (1972), and one year later, the right to privacy formed the bedrock of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Read more…

Where Are We With Human Trafficking Legislation?

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S. 178), a bill to enhance protections and increase the infrastructure around restitution for victims of human trafficking. The vote was nearly unanimous, with all but three present Representatives voting in favor of the bill, which was identical to the version the Senate passed a few weeks prior. The bill moves now to the President, who is expected to sign it into law. Read more…

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Sermons, Politics and the Constitution

On Wednesday, the Washington Post wrote about the topics most clergy members discuss from the pulpit as a way to illustrate that the issues most associated with communities of faith — reproductive rights and LGBT rights/same-sex marriage, due much in part to  the Religious Right — is not what is actually happening on the ground. Read more…

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The Fight Continues Against the 20-Week Ban

This week, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), a dangerous bill that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of gestation with only narrow exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or if the woman’s life is in danger. Read more…

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Breaking: House of Representatives Passes Dangerous Anti-Abortion Bill

Just now, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), a dangerous bill that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, with only narrow exceptions in cases of rape or incest or to protect the woman’s life. The Reform Movement has long opposed this bill and others that undermine women’s fundamental dignity to make informed decisions about their own health. In advance of today’s vote, Rachel Laser, Deputy Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Rabbi Marla J. Feldman, Executive Director of Women of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement: Read more…

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Prepping for Consultation on Conscience: Advocacy 101

We’re excited to welcome our Consultation on Conscience participants to Washington, D.C. in just over a week! In addition to briefings with public policy decision makers and the Reform Movement’s own social action leaders, we’ll head to Capitol Hill for a lobby day, meeting with Senators and Representatives to lift up our Reform Jewish voices on key policy issues. Read more…

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Extend Funding for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program

For over a decade, the RAC has been a strong supporter of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which provides health insurance coverage to children. Last month, the House passed a bipartisan bill, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which includes an extension of funding for CHIP, as well as a fix to the flawed Medicare physician payment formula. The Senate is likely to vote on the bill this week.

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