“Is There a War on Women’s Health, and What Does Judaism Have to Say About It?”

JTS Hosts Panel of Experts in Ethics, Medicine, and Public Policy

Press Contact: Eve Glasberg
Office: (212) 678-8089
Email: evglasberg@jtsa.edu

October 10, 2012, New York, NY

On Thursday, October 25, 2012, The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) will host a panel discussion entitled "Is There a War on Women's Health, and What Does Judaism Have to Say About It?" The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at JTS (3080 Broadway, New York City); admission is free, and no RSVP is necessary. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow sufficient time for check-in, and have photo ID available. This event is sponsored by the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of JTS.

In the current political season, we hear a great deal of talk about a war on women's health and reproductive rights. What issues are at stake? What does the Jewish tradition have to say about these topics? The program will address these questions, as well as Jewish views of issues such as contraception, assisted reproductive technology, and abortion. It will also explore the role of religion and conscience in the provision of lawful and/or mandated medical services, and the demands of justice in a pluralistic society. The evening will feature experts in a diverse range of fields:

Dr. Adrienne Asch, director of the Center for Ethics and Edward and Robin Milstein Professor of Bioethics at Yeshiva University and the Wurzweiler School of Social Work; professor of Epidemiology and Population Health and Family and Social Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Lisa Soleymani Lehmann, director of the Center for Bioethics at Brigham and Women's Hospital; associate professor in Global Health and Social Medicine (Medical Ethics) and associate professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

Andrea Miller, president of NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health

Rabbi Leonard A. Sharzer, MD, associate director for Bioethics of the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of the Jewish Theological Seminary

Kathleen Peratis, moderator, chair of the Public Interest Committee and Sexual Harassment Practice Group of Outten & Golden LLP; former director of the Women's Rights Project of the ACLU; board member of the Forward Association; and board member emerita / former board member of Human Rights Watch, the New Israel Fund, and J Street