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CNN reporter severs ties to Jewish women’s group after criticism from abortion foes

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June 17, 2011 | 3:31 pm

Dana Bash, a senior CNN correspondent, stepped down as a trustee of Jewish Women International because of its abortion rights advocacy.

“Bash came under scrutiny for her relationship with JWI due to the organization’s long held position on reproductive choice,” the group said in a statement Friday.

A number of conservative blogs highlighted the group’s position on abortion after JTA reported Bash’s acceptance of the position of trustee. Bash is CNN’s senior congressional correspondent.

“Sadly, JWI is a victim to a small minority of people playing politics who have taken one issue from a broad agenda in which JWI engages and sought to politicize the situation,” said JWI’s executive director, Lori Weinstein. “It’s a sad day for women and girls because Bash’s extraordinary talent could have made a significant difference on critical issues that protect their physical and emotional well-being.”

The release said that Bash “was drawn to JWI because of the organization’s dedication to empowering women and girls through economic literacy, healthy relationship education and leadership training. For more than a dozen years JWI has been a leading organization working to combat violence against women and girls both domestically and internationally.”

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