Resolution Adopted by the CCAR


Digests of resolutions adopted by the

Central Conference of American Rabbis

between 1889 and 1974

1. The Central Conference of American Rabbis considers as religiously valid

and humane

such new legislation that

a) recognizes the preservation of a mother’s emotional health to be as

important as

her physical well-being; and

b) properly considers the danger of anticipated physical or mental damage;


c) permits abortion in pregnancies resulting from sexual crime including rape,


rape, and incest.

We strongly urge the broad liberalization of abortion laws in the various


and call upon our members to work toward this end. (1967, p. 103)