Thousands of Unitarian Universalists (UUs) and others celebrated a milestone victory when the Supreme Court legalized abortion in the United States in their decision, Roe v. Wade (1973). The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) led the liberal religious presence in the movement, as the first religious organization to formally support a woman's right to choose (1963—10 years before Roe). With our commitment to reproductive justice, we continue the struggle to make abortion access and reproductive justice a reality for every person and community.
Importantly, Roe did not guarantee actual access to abortion. Rather, it simply established some boundaries to how and when states could impose restrictions. Both then and now, too many women—often but not always for economic reasons—face significant obstacles to actually obtaining a safe and legal abortion. Ever since Roe was adopted, abortion opponents have been working to impose as many restrictions as possible, resulting in a significant decrease in actual access to abortion.
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Last updated on Monday, December 23, 2013.
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