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05/20/2022 05:00:00 PM

May20

Rabbi Josh Whinston

When we heard about the leaked draft decision from SCOTUS that will likely regress our country 50 years, we were all angered but not surprised. A few of us decided to head to Washington D.C. to share our outrage. The words below were written by Sagen Fuller, our Religious & Hebrew School Coordinator and member of our congregation:

On Tuesday, Rabbi Whinston, Rabbi Alter, Cantor Hayut, and over ten other representatives of TBE traveled to the U.S. capital to attend the Jewish Rally for Abortion Access hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women. We heard from a variety of faith leaders, politicians, and those directly involved in reproductive justice work. The resounding message was that access to legal abortion and compassion for the pregnant person, not just the potential life, are Jewish values. This acknowledges that ownership over one’s body is a fundamental right, and restricting abortion access always affects vulnerable populations the most. 

After the rally, our group met with congresswoman Debbie Dingell outside of the Rayburn House Office Building. A few shared personal stories of why safe abortion access is meaningful to them with Rep. Dingell, who outspokenly disapproves of the Supreme Court’s majority opinion to withdraw constitutional protections of abortion rights. We must continue to fight for reproductive justice in Michigan, including securing a spot for the “Reproductive Freedom for All” proposal on the ballot this November. Rep. Dingell emphasized the importance of continually campaigning for legal abortion access, especially close to this fall's election.

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