**Please note: There will be a Q&A section at the end, but you must be in person to ask a question.**
The leaked draft opinion in the case of Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization strongly suggests that the forthcoming Supreme Court decision will upend the national legal landscape with regard to availability of abortion services and could affect access to other forms of reproductive health services. There are also potential impacts on other protections founded in the right to privacy. Many Jewish organizations, including the Rabbinical Assembly and the Cantors Assembly as well as the Reform and Reconstructionist movements, recently cosponsored the May 17 Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice with the National Council for Jewish Women. As this issue has national importance and is also of great importance within the Jewish community, we are offering this program as an opportunity to share information and explore both what Jewish law has to say and what are the legal and medical implications of the forthcoming decision.
We will hear perspectives from three speakers:
Rabbi Debi Wechsler of Chizuk Amuno Congregation will present a rabbinic perspective through Jewish texts with respect
to reproductive issues including when abortion is halakhically permitted, and how the needs of both fetus and mother are prioritized within Jewish law.
Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum, Esq., Managing Partner at Brown, Goldstein & Levy, will discuss from a legal perspective how the forthcoming Supreme Court decision may impact access to abortion in Maryland and across the country and its potential implications on other critically important Constitutional rights.
Dr. Chavi Kahn, Director of Abortion Services for Planned Parenthood of Maryland, will address the perspective of health care professionals who provide reproductive health services, including how this decision will impact people who become pregnant, their families, and health care providers, with particular focus on underserved populations who are already affected by disparities in access to health care.
Sally Grant, a former President of the Board of Maryland ACLU and member of the National Board of ACLU, a past Chair of the Maryland Commission for Women, and a long-time member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation.
This program is presented by Chizuk Amuno Congregation and cosponsored by: Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Bolton Street Synagogue, Chevrei Tzedek, Beth Israel Congregation, Congregation Beth Am, Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurah, Hinenu, Jews of Color Mishpacha Project, Repair the World-Baltimore, The Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Baltimore Jewish Council, Jewish Community Center of Baltimore, and Har Sinai-Oheb Shalom Congregation.