Campus Conversations about Abortion
Advocates for Youth Week of ActionIt's Never Too Late to Act
Unitarian Universalists have been talking about abortion for 50 years. Our congregations and communities have consistently supported the rights of all people and families to make the reproductive health decisions that are most life affirming for them.
Would your young adult group or campus ministry like a simple way to help end stigma against women who have had abortions? This week, October 22-29, is a Week of Action promoted by Advocates for Youth. Take a look and see if there is an event in your area that you can attend! You can even host your own event – just a casual get-together will do. Advocates for Youth have resources and guides ready to send you – everything you need to get the conversation started! If you join an event or register your own, please take some pictures and tell us all about it.
The Week of Action is an aspect of their 1 in 3 Campaign, which is based on the statistic that 1 in 3 women of reproductive age have an abortion. The campaign is a movement to start a new conversation about abortion, one in which women feel supported in telling their stories.
We Unitarian Universalists are shifting our activism too! Our recent election of Reproductive Justice as a top social justice priority for 2012-2016 is a key part of this shift. Led by coalitions of women of color, we join a movement that makes justice its goal. Beyond the simple legal right to abortion, we step out of our issue silos and fight together for the conditions needed for every person to realize their full humanity on issues of reproduction, family, and sexuality. Find out more and get involved on UUA.org/reproductive or by contacting Jess or Hanna (socialjustice [at] uua [dot] org).
This post was contributed by Jessica Halperin, a Witness Ministries Program Associate for the Unitarian Universalist Association. She is a lifelong UU from Pittsburgh who works out of the UUA's Washington DC office.