MAZON Decries Supreme Court’s Anti-Abortion Ruling as a Matter of Economic Injustice

June 24, 2022

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States voted to overturn the Constitutional right to an abortion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This decision follows a leaked draft opinion last month, which revealed the Court’s plans to overturn Roe v. Wade. MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, a longtime leader in the anti-hunger movement in America and Israel, expressed deep concern that this decision will have a devastating impact on those facing hunger and poverty in the U.S.

Abby J. Leibman, MAZON’s President and CEO, said:

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is reprehensible and egregious. The right to choose whether to have an abortion is not only a matter of reproductive freedom — it’s a matter of economic justice. Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan wisely point out in the dissent that ‘above all others, women lacking financial resources will suffer from today’s decision.’

“Grounded in our Jewish values, we know that all people are B’tselem Elohim, created in the image of God. This includes women, girls, and other pregnant people, who through today’s decision have lost autonomy over their bodies and their lives.

“No one who has been affected by the war on women — perpetrated by fundamentalist conservatives — is surprised to see this happen. But we are no less horrified, outraged, and resolved to fight for what we know is right at all levels of government.”