Rabbi Susan Talve

Rabbi at Central Reform Congregation

Clayton, MO

“My passionate, lifelong advocacy for abortion rights is inextricably tied to my Jewish faith. Missouri legislators codified their personal religious beliefs about when life begins, depriving Missourians of critical reproductive health care and undermining the separation of church and state that is essential to religious freedom. Justice and equality are also core principles of my faith – which Missouri’s abortion bans disparage by creating inequities in abortion access. These bans will not end abortion. They only make it dangerous and life threatening for the poor and most vulnerable. These disparities also go against the core teachings of Jewish tradition.”


Americans United & the National Women’s Law Center file suit to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans.

Abortion bans violate the separation of church and state. Americans United and the National Women’s Law Center—the leading experts in religious freedom and gender justice—have joined forces with thirteen clergy from six faith traditions to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans as unconstitutionally imposing one narrow religious doctrine on everyone.

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