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Fresh Updates from RAC » Women’s Rights   |   Sep 15, 2014 12:00 AM
More than a year after Wendy Davis took to the floor of the Texas State Senate for her famous filibuster in defense of abortion rights, the debate in Texas over a woman’s right to access abortion care is still not settled. On Friday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments over whether to uphold […]

It’s Past Time to End Pay Discrimination

Fresh Updates from RAC » Women’s Rights   |   Sep 15, 2014 12:00 AM
On Thursday, the Senate passed the first of two procedural measures to advance the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199), which would deter pay discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and barring retaliation against workers who disclose their wages. Rachel Laser, Deputy Director of the Religious Action Center, and Rabbi Marla […]

Double Booked: Working Families Matter, #WEmatter

Fresh Updates from RAC » Women’s Rights   |   Aug 26, 2014 12:00 AM
On August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment took effect, granting suffrage to millions of American women to demonstrate that their voices – through their votes – mattered in our democracy. It would take many decades after 1920 to ensure full voting rights for all United States citizens, an effort we are sadly still working on […]
The Supreme Court ruled in 1973 that the right to choose to terminate a pregnancy was a fundamental part of a woman’s right to privacy and self-determination; yet today, anti-choice advocates right routinely seek to limit access to safe and affordable abortion services.
Family planning and contraceptive programs ensure reproductive choice, limit the occurrence of unintended pregnancies, and save billions of dollars in pregnancy-related and newborn care costs to Medicaid.
Jewish values affirm the right of a woman to self-determination, and while potential life is always considered to have value, it is never placed above a woman’s health and well-being. The Reform Movement has long been staunch supporters of women’s reproductive rights.
Several bills proposed in the 112th Congress severely threaten a woman’s right to choose. Now is the time to defend reproductive rights.



Reproductive rights encompass more than just the right to terminate a pregnancy. Comprehensive sexuality education and family planning services are among the broad range of issues vital to ensuring the reproductive health of all people.

The Religious Action Center’s work on these issues is supported by a generous contribution from The Barbara Bluhm-Kaul Women’s Rights Issues Endowment.

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