WHEREAS, contraceptive methods are not perfect and do not absolutely protect
against pregnancy; and
WHEREAS, abortion can be a relatively simple and safe way to terminate a
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the delegates at the 1975 General Assembly of
the Unitarian Universalist Association reaffirm the right of any female of any
age or marital or economical status to have an abortion at her own request upon
medical/social consultation of her own choosing; and urge all Unitarian
Universalists in the United States to resist through their elected
representatives the efforts now under way by some members of the Congress of the
United States and state legislatures to curtail that right by means of
constitutional amendment or other means;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That we urge all Unitarian Universalists and all
Unitarian Universalist societies in Canada through the Canadian Unitarian
Council to strive for making these rights available in Canada;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the General Assembly deplores the legal
persecution by the Canadian authorities of Dr. Henry Morgenthaler for his
courageous fight for the abortion rights of Canadian women and his willingness
to assist them in exercising those rights. We deplore particularly the attack by
the Crown prosecutor on the jury system, which has twice acquitted Dr.
Morgenthaler; the mistreatment of Dr. Morgenthaler in prison after his second
acquittal; the shocking ruling of the Canadian courts that an Appellate Court
can declare a defendant guilty after he has been acquitted by a jury; and the
announced intention of the Crown prosecutor to carry on ten more prosecutions of
Dr. Morgenthaler for past abortions. The General Assembly commends the Canadian
Unitarian Council for its support of Dr. Morgenthaler and requests the CUC to
convey the concern of the General Assembly to the Prime Minister of Canada and
the Prime Minister of Quebec, and to request the Prime Minister of Canada to
procure for Dr. Morgenthaler a royal pardon.
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