The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
The Reform Movement's advocacy around reproductive rights is grounded in careful reading of text and tradition. The rabbis teach that life is sacred, and held that the life and well-being of an existing life must be prioritized over the possibility of potential life.
For example, the Mishnah forbids an individual from sacrificing their own life for that of the fetus, and if their life is threatened, the text permits them no other option but abortion. “[If] a woman who was having trouble giving birth….her life comes before its life.” (Mishneh Ohaloth 7:6)
It is due to the fundamental belief in the sanctity of life and the Jewish value of kavod ha’briyot, respect for human dignity, that abortion is sometimes viewed as both a moral and necessary decision. This same sanctity underscores the vital need for medically accurate sexuality education and for high-quality family planning services.
Grounded in these affirmations of moral agency, the Reform Movement has passed strong policy in favor of reproductive justice:
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