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Restarting the Scroll for Education for Women and Girls Around the World

Fresh Updates from RAC » Women’s Rights   |   Oct 17, 2014 12:00 AM
Last Saturday, October 11, was International Day of the Girl. Just two years ago, the UN established this commemorative day to raise awareness about all issues concerning gender inequality for young women and children around the world. The day is used as an opportunity for activist groups to come together with the goal of highlighting, […]

Supreme Court Deals a Major—If Temporary Victory to Texas Women’s Reproductive Rights

Fresh Updates from RAC » Women’s Rights   |   Oct 15, 2014 12:00 AM
Following an emergency application from reproductive health care providers, the Supreme Court has blocked two key parts of the restrictive Texas law that, since 2012, has forced 32 of the state’s 40 clinics to close their doors to women in need of health care services. In a 6-3 order issued yesterday, the justices blocked provisions […]

Religious Freedom Isn’t Just About the Freedom of Belief

Fresh Updates from RAC » Women’s Rights   |   Oct 13, 2014 12:00 AM
New data analysis by the Weekly Number shows that throughout the world, the lack of religious freedom is linked to gender inequality.  Extremist ideologies are often a contributing factor to a dearth of religious freedom and the analysis shows that when there is a lack of respect for a diversity of religious beliefs, gender inequality […]
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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