This year, 2013, marks the 50 year anniversary of the Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA’s) first statement on reproductive choice. Fifty years ago, we were faithful pioneers—the first religion to publicly proclaim the right of a women to an abortion—a right to her dignity and bodily autonomy. Unfortunately, that statement was no more relevant and important then as it is today.
Though we can be proud of our 50 year legacy of working for reproductive rights, the current reality—of shrinking access to abortion and other attacks on individual reproductive and sexual decision-making—means that we need a new strategy.
The UUA’s recent Congregational Study/Action Issues (CSAI) commitment to reproductive justice marks a shift in our strategy. Led by coalitions of women of color, we join a movement that makes justice its goal. Beyond the simple legal right to abortion, we step out of our issue silos and fight together for the conditions needed for every person to realize their full humanity on issues of reproduction, family, and sexuality.
May we have the courage and vision to be another prophetic generation. Our voices were never so needed.
This fall, join congregations nationwide in marking the 50th Anniversary by using any or all of the following resources:
Send us photos and reflections from your events! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Offer the Curriculum! Introduce your congregation to reproductive justice via this six-session learning tool, organized by Unitarian Universalist (UU) theological themes. Offer it for your neighboring congregations or others in your community.
Join the Network! With alternating monthly webinars and phone calls, supplemented with action alerts and other resources, we are building a network of reproductive justice advocates across the country and in your state/district. We need you!
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Last updated on Monday, November 18, 2013.
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