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Local Jewish women’s groups are ready to fight for abortion.

Members of NCJW’s San Francisco section at a Roe v. Wade 40th anniversary celebration in San Francisco in 2013. Holding banner (from left): Sandra Gordon, Linda Kurtz and Charlene Spielvogel. (Photo/Antonia Lavine)


Linda Kurtz was at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco on May 2, watching Evgeny Kissin perform Bach and Mozart. She stepped out at intermission to check her phone and saw the news that the Supreme Court appeared poised to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“I was sick,” Kurtz said.

Kurtz is board president of the San Francisco section of the National Council of Jewish Women, a national organization founded in 1893 that promotes civic engagement and advocates for social justice issues concerning women, including reproductive rights, gender discrimination and violence against women and girls.