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Reform and Conservative Jews Back Liberalization of Abortion Law

February 27, 1967
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Three Jewish religious groups joined with the Protestant Council of the City of New York in a criticism of the Catholic Church’s opposition to liberalizing the state’s abortion law in which the Protestants and Jews expressed regret that the church had imputed to them “advocacy of murder and genocide.”

The statement was issued by the Protestant Council, the New York Federation of Reform Synagogues, the Association of Reform Rabbis and the New York Metropolitan Region of the United Synagogue of America, the association of local Conservative congregations.

The Jewish position on the issue is not unanimous. A number of Orthodox rabbis also have expressed opposition to the proposed abortion law changes.

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