NCJW Hails Victory for Women in Texas Abortion Case
June 27, 2016, New York, NY – – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today hailed the US Supreme Court ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which overturned the onerous Texas anti-abortion law that forced nearly half of all clinics in the state to close. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:
“The Supreme Court ruling overturning Texas’ clinic shutdown law is a huge victory for every woman who seeks to make her own decisions about her health, family, and future. It goes a long way toward restoring the promise of Roe v. Wade — that abortion is a right protected by the US constitution.
“Today, the court saw through the real intent of the Texas law — to deprive as many Texas women as possible access to abortion. These draconian restrictions eroded every woman’s dignity and threatened her health by barring access to safe, legal care, with far-reaching consequences. Clinic shutdown laws have had a particularly devastating impact on women of color, young women, immigrant women, and women struggling to make ends meet. Thankfully, today’s ruling means clinics in Texas that have remained open can stay open and paves the way for reopening clinics that were forced to close. It also sets a strong precedent that abortion access must be protected nationwide.
“This victory is a resounding defeat for the notion that politicians can interfere with abortion access. The court affirmed women’s basic right to make their own faith-informed decisions about their reproductive lives, which NCJW has championed since our founding. We will continue to work with lawmakers in Congress and across the country to advance affordable access to abortion no matter where a woman lives, and eliminate existing barriers to reproductive health care.”
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.
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* Keep RAFT (Resources Available for Teens) online
* Provide mini-grants for new and innovative projects to OPS teachers
* Give needed school supplies to Jackson School this coming year.
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Nebraska's Unicameral is unique, to say the least, and having the opportunity to learn a little about it and the legislative process from former State Senator and current Executive Director of the Nebraska ACLU, Danielle Conrad, was a real treat for a diverse group of NCJW Omaha Section members and guests.
In lieu of charging for the event, attendees were asked to bring a donation of "cold weather accessories" for our adopted school, Jackson Elementary. With wine and noshes from Spirit World, the evening's conversation and generous donations brought a little education and a little warmth to a rainy November night.
NCJW’s Mini-Grant project provides money to Omaha Public School teachers for creative and innovative classroom projects that are not funded by school budgets. If you would like to apply for a mini-grant for the coming year, please contact Kate Kirshenbaum at email@example.com or 402-334-8541.
We are taking a break from the next Chocolate Festival. Keep an eye on the Omaha Chocolate Festival website below for future plans.
Another school year, and another day for the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Omaha Section members to provide supplies to all students at
Jackson Elementary School. Jackson was chosen in the OPS Adopt-A-School program based on its need for assistance. Throughout its 120-year history, NCJW has demonstrated a profound commitment to
improving the quality of life for women, children, and families. While this commitment has taken a variety of forms over the years, central to it is the belief that a democratic society must provide
for the needs of those unable to provide for themselves.
On August 13, the first day of school, NCJW Omaha Section volunteers led by program chair, Harriet Epstein, distributed school supplies to all students as part of its mission to help the children at Jackson Elementary School. NCJW Omaha Section buys the supplies requested by the teachers for the students each year. In addition to the supplies provided so far, backpacks are provided for those whom the teachers note as needing them.
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