Rights of Privacy and Free Speech 1991 Resolution of Immediate Witness

WHEREAS the Supreme Court of the United States on May 23, l99l, upheld a Bush Administration regulation which withholds all funding provided under Title X of the Public Health Service Act from any family planning agency whose physicians and educators advise their clients or patients of their option to obtain an abortion;

WHEREAS Unitarian Universalists in the United States challenge any threat to the fundamental and constitutional right of free speech and the right to privacy established in the United States Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade;

WHEREAS we believe in a woman's right to discuss medical matters with her physician and other health care professionals;

WHEREAS we believe in health care providers' rights and obligations to advise their patients about problem pregnancy options, including abortion; and

WHEREAS we believe that, regardless of income, every person has the right to all reproductive health information and basic services;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the l99l General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association expresses its outrage over the invasion of free speech and privacy as implemented by the Bush Administration's withholding of Title X monies from family planning agencies which educate or advise their clients of the option of abortion; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the l99l General Assembly urges all Unitarian Universalist congregations in the United States and their members to immediately contact their Representatives and Senators and urge them to:

  1. enact legislation (presently SB323 and HR392) which will ensure that birth control information and counselling about problem pregnancy options, including abortion, be made available to women; and
  2. pass this legislation without restrictive amendments that would require parental notification or consent.