Women’s Health (CCAR)

“Choose Life ” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

Adopted by the 104th Annual Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Montreal, Quebec, June 1993

Background
Women are short-changed in many aspects of health care, from research and prevention to treatment, access and education. Addressing these inequities is fundamental to women’s rights.

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Violence Against Women (CCAR)

Adopted by the 101st Annual Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Seattle, Washington, June 1990

Background

Physical violence against women is not news. Throughout history, women have been victimized by acts of aggression predominantly attributable to men. Although those acts have a sexual component, they are primarily expressions of anger and hatred. Typically, both in terms of intent and consequences, these acts constitute recognized crimes including rape, date rape, assault and battery, sexual harassment in the workplace, and domestic violence.

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Resolution on Sexual Harassment Adopted by the 1989 ELCA Churchwide Assembly

WHEREAS, all persons were created by God in the divine image, and human sexuality is a
gracious gift of God;

WHEREAS, our baptism into the family of God calls us to stand firmly and pastorally against
all forms of abuse and to respect and empower our brothers and sisters in Christ;

WHEREAS, sexual violence of many kinds is widespread in our society (including sexual
harassment on the job, rape and sexual assault, incest, and child sexual abuse), and experts
estimate that two-fifths of working women experience sexual harassment, two-fifths of all

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Human Sexuality and Sexual Behavior A Social Statement of the American Lutheran Church, a predecessor church body of the ELCA (1980): Ministering as a Church

1. Caring
1.1. The church’s first concern is for people. The body of Christ is a caring community. It cares that each person be in right relationship with God, with neighbor, with nature, with social systems, and with self. It is a caring shared among all the members. It is a mark of Christian love and discipleship. It reaches out to those most in need—the widowed and the orphaned, the weak and the lowly, the despised and the rejected, the hurting and the confused, the lonely and the solitary.

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Human Sexuality and Sexual Behavior A Social Statement of the American Lutheran Church, a predecessor church body of the ELCA (1980): Defiling God’s Gift

1. Human beings are capable not only of good but also of evil uses of their sexuality. People are ready to exploit this fact to their own power or profit. Major industries are built up around satisfying “the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16).

2. Among forms of exploitive sexual behavior against which Christians should be ready to work are those which:

(a) exploit children and youth, men and women, as in pornography and prostitution;

(b) take advantage of persons who are ill, helpless, dependent, handicapped, or of little power;

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