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Reform Jewish Leader Praises Federal Court Ruling Declaring Abortion Ban Unconstitutional

Saperstein: Today's decision affirms our strong belief that sensitive medical decisions should remain in the hands of women, in consultation with their doctors and on the basis of their own beliefs, without interference from those with political agendas in opposition to established rights.

WASHINGTON, June 1, 2004 - In response to today's ruling by Federal District Judge Phyllis Hamilton that the Partial Birth Abortion Act of 2003 is unconstitutional, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

    The Reform Jewish Movement welcomes the ruling by United States District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton recognizing that the Ban on Safe Abortions, misleadingly referred to as the "Partial Birth Abortion Ban," is an unconstitutional infringement of a woman's right to reproductive choice. Today's decision affirms our strong belief that sensitive medical decisions should remain in the hands of women, in consultation with their doctors and on the basis of their own beliefs, without interference from those with political agendas in opposition to established rights.

    Jewish tradition emphasizes the sacredness of life, of healing, and of freedom of choice. The Reform Jewish Movement opposes any law that would prevent women from choosing to access safe and potentially life-saving medical treatment. We applaud Judge Hamilton's ruling, which affirms that the well-being of women is too precious to be subject to political whims.


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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(CCAR) whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.



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