Press Release

Jewish Dems Deeply Disappointed with Failure of the Women’s Health Protection Act in the Senate

May 11, 2022

WASHINGTON – Following today’s vote in the Senate on the Women’s Health Protection Act, Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) CEO Halie Soifer released the following statement:

“The failure of the Senate to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) is a grave mistake. Abortion rights are human rights, and we’re deeply disappointed that not a single Republican demonstrated the courage necessary to vote to protect reproductive justice.

“According to Pew, 83% of Jewish Americans believe that abortion should be legal in all or most cases, representing the highest level of support of any religious group in the country. The protections guaranteed by Roe v. Wade are consistent with Jewish values and beliefs. Attacks on abortion rights represent an attack on bodily autonomy and the rights of women, LGBTQ+ individuals and families, and we will not silently allow Americans to be deprived of these rights. 

“This week, hundreds of JDCA activists are participating in more than 60 meetings with members of Congress as part of our Week of Action, demanding that our representatives and senators protect access to abortion. As today’s vote demonstrates, it is past time to abolish the filibuster in order to combat Republican extremism and defend our democracy and fundamental rights.”