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American Jews, Abortion, and the First Amendment

Hosted By: The Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University

Liberal, religious Jews strongly advocated for legal abortion between the 1970s and the turn of the twenty-first century. Why did they do so, and on what grounds? Join Dr. Rachel Kranson as she shares from her ongoing research: Religious Misconceptions: American Jews and the Politics of Abortion. Drawing on archival collections, she will tell the story of the American Jewish lawyers who developed the argument that abortion should be protected by the guarantees of the first amendment of the constitution. Understanding this history has become even more important as the US enters a post-Roe era, and experts are looking for new legal avenues through which to protect reproductive freedom.

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