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Reform Movement Commends Birth Control Compromise

Rabbi David Saperstein: "We commend the Obama Administration for ensuring both access to contraception for all women and the robust protection of religious autonomy."

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WASHINGTON, D.C., February 10, 2012 - In response to the Administration’s announced compromise on the Health and Human Services regulation regarding access to birth control under the Affordable Care Act, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

"On behalf of the Reform Movement, we commend the Obama Administration for ensuring both access to contraception for all women and the robust protection of religious autonomy. Our ancient Jewish tradition has, for more than 2,000 years, reflected the view that contraceptives are not only acceptable but a legitimate form of health care and family planning.

"Going forward our principle remains that every woman is entitled to access to contraception as a matter of basic rights and fundamental dignity, including women who work for entities covered by the exemption.  There can be no discrimination in basic health services. We hope and expect that the application of this compromise protects the health of all women in the United States."

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1,800 Reform rabbis. Visit www.rac.org for more.



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