UUA President Issues Statement on SCOTUS Striking Down Buffer Zones
The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued this statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on buffer zones:
“Today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the use of protest buffer zones around Massachusetts abortion clinics in McCullen v. Coakley. This is a major defeat in the fight for reproductive rights and may put clinic workers and individuals seeking pregnancy-related care at great risk. I am disappointed and deeply troubled by the potential repercussions of such a decision.
The Unitarian Universalist Association joined with other religious leaders in an amicus curiae brief in support of buffer zones. Just as citizens have the right to vote or attend religious events of their choosing, they should have the right to access legal medical services, including abortions and reproductive counseling, without harassment or violence. These acts have been effectively protected by buffer zones in the past. They help law enforcement officers to minimize intimidation and abuse in these public spaces which are all too often scenes of violence.
I pray that the harassment and violence endured by the employees and clients of these healthcare facilities will end. Unitarian Universalists believe that women possess the dignity and conscience to make their own decisions about pregnancy-related healthcare in consultation with their family, doctor, and faith. The government must play a role in helping all people access their fundamental rights.”