BECAUSE, Unitarian Universalists believe that the inherent worth and dignity of every person, the right of individual conscience, and respect for human life are inalienable rights due every person; and that the personal right to choose in regard to contraception and abortion is an important aspect of these rights; and
BECAUSE, we believe in tolerance and compassion for persons whose choices may differ from our own; and
BECAUSE, we believe not only in the value of life itself but also in the quality of life
‘Right to Choose’, 1987 General Resolution
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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a number of cases on reproductive justice topics in early 2014. Here is your guide for following the cases, including summaries and talking points for letters to the editor.
Mother’s Day is more than a day for flowers and pancakes. It's a time to highlight the aspects of motherhood that are not usually visible in the greeting card aisles. It’s a call to honor the resiliency of all those who mother, especially those who bear the brunt of hurtful policies or who are weighed down by stigma in our culture. Every May, it’s opportunity to take action to create the conditions so that all families can thrive. Learn more and find resources for Mamas Day worship services on themes of multiculturalism, motherhood, justice, and community, readings, poems, meditations, blog posts, and sermon ideas.
Within the framework of 'reproductive justice,' the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) works against the cultural, political, economic, and structural constraints that limit women's access to health care and full reproductive choice. Reproductive justice, a concept put forth by coalitions of women of color, promotes the right of all women to have children, not to have children, and to raise their children in safe and healthy environments. It does not isolate or pit important social issues against each other, rather it works to promote these rights across many areas including: abortion rights and access; eradication of violence against women; comprehensive sex education; discrimination based on race and sexual orientation; economic justice; environmental justice; and immigration justice.
Find out more about reproductive justice and the important differences between reproductive justice, reproductive health, and reproductive rights.
Since our inception in 1961, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has passed numerous resolutions and statements addressing reproductive justice. The 2012 – 2016 Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) is Reproductive Justice: Expanding Our Calling.
Reproductive Justice Advisory Group
The reproductive justice movement is one that was started, and continues to be led by women of color. In order to stay accountable to that movement and to continue to find our unique role in it, the UUA convenes a Reproductive Justice Advisory Group.
The Unitarian Universalist Association has long been an advocate of age-appropriate, medically accurate, comprehensive sexuality education. The UUA, in partnership with the United Church of Christ, designed and teaches an acclaimed comprehensive sexuality education program that has been widely recognized as a model in the field. The curriculum, Our Whole Lives, is taught in many UU congregations across the country.
Reproductive justice is the UUA's Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) for 2012-2016.
The first step to effective action is education. The Unitarian Universalist Association's new reproductive justice Curriculum for Congregations introduces these topics and their theological principles to congregations.
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