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 new commitment to reproductive justice (2012), 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.
This year—2013—is a year of celebrating our history and recommitting to our future. It is the 40th anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision, which legalized abortion; the 50th anniversary of the UUA making a statement on choice; and the launch year of Unitarian Universalists' new, 4-year commitment to reproductive justice. Join the celebration!
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Last updated on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.
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