San Diego Jewish Communal Leaders Response to Roe v. Wade

From the Desk of Heidi Gantwerk - President & CEO

Dear Friends, 

Jewish Federation of San Diego County believes in klal ysrael, Jewish peoplehood, and every day we appreciate the diversity of backgrounds, beliefs, and practices in our community.  We value thoughtful discourse and questioning, and the productive struggle that comes from wrestling with Jewish texts and traditions. Friday’s Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade and giving authority back to states is an emotional issue for many in our community with differing perspectives. At the same time, this ruling permits an infringement on the rights of Jews and other religious groups, and some of the extremely restrictive state laws will now deny the right to abortion in cases where the procedure is, in fact, mandated by halacha (Jewish Law). Prohibiting abortion access is contrary to our values of saving a life and enshrines specific (and non-Jewish) religious imperatives in multiple state’s laws.   

I want to share with you a response to this ruling that I have signed, along with more than 40 Jewish organizational leaders and Rabbis throughout San Diego. We are at a unique inflection point in the history of our nation, where politics, religion, and morality have become inextricably linked in ways that will have a transformative effect on religious liberties in America. This ruling sets a precedent that allows for the elevation of one religious viewpoint over others. I am proud to stand with my colleagues in our community. And I welcome the productive struggle and conversations to come.  

Read the Full Statement


Heidi Gantwerk
President & Chief Executive Officer

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