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Health – Reproductive Rights 2020

Posted on June 25, 2020

Support of a Women’s Right to Choose. Biblical and rabbinic sources provide the background for the Conservative Jewish response to a women’s right to bodily autonomy and to the relative rights of a women versus a fetus. (This resolution is based upon the 2012 Rabbinical Assembly resolution on this subject.) It is also amended from Continue Reading »

Human Trafficking (2018)

Posted on May 3, 2018

BACKGROUND As Jews, descendants of those who escaped from Egyptian bondage, we are committed to helping combat Human Trafficking, the modern-day slavery. HUMAN TRAFFICKING DEFINITIONS* “Sex trafficking occurs when a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person performing the act is under the age of 18. Sex trafficking occurs in a number Continue Reading »

Health – Reproductive Rights (2012)

Posted on July 31, 2014

Background Biblical and rabbinic sources provide the background for the Conservative Jewish response to a woman’s right to bodily autonomy and to the relative rights of a woman versus a fetus. (This resolution is based upon the 2012 Rabbinical Assembly resolution on this subject.) In Exodus 21:22-23 we read: “When men fight, and one of Continue Reading »

Hunger (2012)

Posted on July 31, 2014

Background The Torah and Jewish tradition explicitly command us to feed the hungry. “And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger. I the Eternal Continue Reading »

Health – Reproductive Rights (2014)

Posted on June 25, 2014

This resolution was prepared in consultation with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (of which Women’s League is a member). BACKGROUND The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires health insurance policies to cover, without co-pays or deductibles, a full range of physician-prescribed FDA-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures and patient education and counseling for women with reproductive Continue Reading »

Health – Insurance Inequities (2000)

Posted on October 5, 2013

A 1994 study conducted by the Alan Guttmacher Institute revealed that while most insurance policies in the U.S. cover prescription drugs in general, the vast majority does not include equitable coverage for prescription contraceptive drugs and devices. As the primary recipients of prescription contraceptives, women are disproportionately affected by this lack of coverage. While for Continue Reading »

Health – Universal Healthcare (1976)

Posted on October 4, 2013

Women’s League for Conservative Judaism recognizes that adequate health care is a basic right of all, regardless of age or ability to pay. To assure that such care is made available, Women’s League urges: The Congress to enact legislation establishing a National Health Insurance program to include: Provision for community-based preventive medicine and health education. Continue Reading »

Health – Tay-Sachs Disease (1978)

Posted on October 3, 2013

In order to prevent the birth of a child with Tay-Sachs or any other Jewish genetic disease, Women’s League for Conservative Judaism urges every synagogue to institute a comprehensive program in cooperation with The National Genetics Foundation and The National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association among its members and extending into the entire Jewish community Continue Reading »

Health – Purity and Safety of Food (2002)

Posted on October 3, 2013

The laws of Kashrut regarding permitted animals extend only to the shekhita (ritual slaughter) and the physical examination of the carcass by the mashgiah. There is presently nothing regarding regulating animal feed. Permitted animals (animals with split hooves who chew their cud and poultry) do not eat prey; they are herbivorous. In the past, feed Continue Reading »

Health – Prescriptions for the Elderly and the Underinsured (2000)

Posted on October 3, 2013

Prescriptions for the Elderly and the Underinsured (2000) Throughout the United States, prescription drug prices are rising more rapidly than the cost of living. From 1992 to 1998, the annual cost of prescription drugs rose from $49 billion to $93 billion. Seniors and those without prescription drug coverage are subject to widespread discrimination. In other Continue Reading »