2nd Annual Judaic Studies Lecture

How Jews Talk About Abortion...And How They Don't

Monday, October 23, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM EDT
Merten Hall, #1201

2nd Annual Judaic Studies Lecture

In the months leading up to the U.S. Supreme Court overturning of Roe vs. Wade, pro-choice Jewish advocates claimed that “abortion bans are against our religion." At the 2nd Annual Distinguished Lecture in Judaic Studies talk hosted by the George Mason University Religious Studies Department, Michal Raucher will examine what that statement means, what it’s trying to do, and how it fails to fully capture the Jewish communal conversation around abortion. Drawing on the lived experiences of Jewish women who have had abortions, she offers a new vision of what Jewish pro-choice activism could look like.

Michal Raucher is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and affiliate faculty in Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Her research lies at the intersection of Religious studies, feminist ethics, and the anthropology of women in Judaism. She is the author of Conceiving Agency: Reproductive Authority Among Haredi Women (Indiana University Press, 2020).

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