‘Abortion Bans Hurt U.S. Jews’ Religious Freedom’: LISTEN to Sheila Katz

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A protester holds a sign reading 'We will live by the mitzvot, not die by them' at the Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.
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When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, ending the federal right to abortion, it was “devastating,” says Sheila Katz, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women, in an interview with Haaretz Weekly.

“We had been mapping out every possible path this decision could go down. And the one the court chose was absolutely the worst,” Katz tells host Allison Kaplan Sommer. Katz has been spearheading the fight for abortion rights in the Jewish community under the banner of religious freedom.

“Judaism not only permits abortion: our tradition commands it when it comes to protecting the life of the mother,” she says.

Also on this week’s episode: political consultant Dahlia Scheindlin analyzes the dissolution of the Knesset and what lies ahead as Israel faces its fifth election in three and a half years, and weighs the odds of a comeback for former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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