Reproductive Rights, Health & Justice
NCJW is committed to creating a world where all people, regardless of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, or immigration status, have the right to build their families and live their lives with dignity. Our Jewish values teach us that our reproductive freedoms are integrally bound to our religious liberty; we are committed to advancing the goals of reproductive justice so that every person can make their own moral and faith-informed decisions about their body, health, and family.
Since its founding, NCJW has been a leader in the reproductive health and rights movement, and while much advancement has been made in the past 100 years to legally secure a person’s right to abortion and contraception, there is so much more that needs to be done to truly ensure reproductive freedom for all.
Until every person has the power to make their own informed decisions about their body, sexuality, and future, we cannot rest. Our Section continues to work with our partners and allies to advocate for legislation, and to stand up and speak out at local demonstrations and marches.
Abortion access is a Jewish value — plain and simple. NCJW's Jewish Fund for Abortion Access, in partnership with the National Abortion Federation, puts this value into action: connecting real people who need abortions with the money they need to access care.
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In April 2023, NCJW sponsored a powerful panel discussion entitled "Hot Topics in Social Justice: Fulfilling Our Mission to Help Women, Children & Families." We had three speakers in the high-priority areas of Homelessness, Women’s Reproductive Rights, and Human Trafficking. Krista Hollinger, COO of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, presented a great overview of "Advocacy in a Post-Roe World," which you can view here.
In February 2021, we held a virtual webinar, Reproductive Justice: Rights & Access at Risk, featuring Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin of UC Irvine’s Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, Shannon Olivieri Hovis of NARAL Pro-Choice California, and Nourbese Flint of Black Women for Wellness. You may view that webinar here: Webinar Archives