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; and
WHEREAS, pain, suffering, and loss of life were widespread prior to the
legalization of abortion in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court (Roe v. Wade )
and the 1969 amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada;
WHEREAS, the issue of abortion is morally complex, abortion must remain a
legal option; and
WHEREAS, attempts are now being made to restrict access to birth control and
abortion by overriding individual decisions of conscience, and attacks in
legislatures, courts, and the streets often result in depriving poor women of
their right to medical care; and such legislation is an infringement of the
principle of separation of church and state in that it tries to enact private
morality into public law; and
WHEREAS, there is a movement to re-criminalize abortion both for women and
their health-care providers which could bring back dangerous alternatives to
clinically safe abortions;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1987 General Assembly of the Unitarian
Universalist Association reaffirms its historic position, supporting the right
to choose contraception and abortion as legitimate aspects of the right to
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that:
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