Adult Conclave 2004
In Support of Israel
Choice a Fundamental Right
The right to abortion is at the center of
a continuing public ethical and political controversy in North America.
Many determined individuals and organizations seek to use government power
to restrict or eliminate this right.
We, the Board of Directors of the Society
for Humanistic Judaism, affirm that all people have the fundamental right
to freely determine the course of their own lives and to control the use
of their own bodies, and that each person must accept the responsibility
that goes along with this freedom. Reproductive freedom is a necessary
part of this personal freedom, and thoughtful reproductive choice a
responsibility. No group or individual has the right to use its views or
beliefs as justification for interference with this or any other
we affirm that a woman has the moral right and should have the
continuing legal right to decide whether or not to terminate a pregnancy
in accordance with her own ethical standards. Because a decision to
terminate a pregnancy carries serious, irreversible consequences, it is
one to be made with great care and with keen awareness of the complex
psychological, emotional, and ethical implications.
— August 28, 1996