Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Abortion Rights

Adopted by the CCAR at the 91th Annual Convention of

the Central Conference of American Rabbis

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, June 23-26, 1980

In 1967 the Conference stated: “We strongly urge the broad liberalization of abortion

laws in various states, and call upon our members to work toward this end.”        

The Conference reaffirms this position with the following comments:

A. Jewish legal literature permits therapeutic abortion.

B. The decision concerning any abortion must be made by the woman and not by the state

or any other external agency.

C. We oppose all constitutional amendments and legislation which would abridge or

circumscribe this right.

D. We call upon our rabbis and upon the Union of American Hebrew Congregations to

strengthen their support of the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights on national,

state and local levels.