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What is Reproductive Justice?

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. Learn more about the range of rights issues that this framework covers.

Why do Unitarian Universalists work for Reproductive Justice?

Unitarian Universalists have a long history of working for justice in our communities and in the world. Guided by our Seven Principles, the UUA affirms the movement for reproductive justice where all people have the right to have the children they want to have, not have the children they do not want to have, parent the children they have in safe and healthy environments, and to express their sexuality without oppression.

Since 1963—ten years before abortions were legal in this country and first among religious organizations—Unitarian Universalists have publicly supported women's rights and their freedom to make faithful choices about their bodies and families. Read the full text of our social justice statements on reproductive choice since 1963, or read a summary policy statement.

What are Unitarian Universalists Currently Doing in Support of Reproductive Justice?

In June 2012, Unitarian Universalists voted to spend four years studying reproductive justice, making the UUA the first religious denomination to join the movement. The Center for American Progress acknowledged this important step by including this as one of its 12 Reproductive Justice and Faith Victories of 2012.

By selecting "Reproductive Justice: Expanding Our Social Justice Calling" as the 2012-2016 Congregational Study/Action Issue, the UUA invites individuals, congregations, and districts to engage with the subject: reflect on it, learn about it, respond to it, and take action. We also offer a free reproductive justice curriculum to help people engage with this issue.

At General Assembly 2015, a Statement of Conscience will be submitted for a vote. If approved, congregations and UUA staff will conduct of a year of implementation and action on reproductive justice in 2016.


If you are a member of the press and would like to speak with a UUA staff person about our work in this area, please contact:

Jill Goddard, Public Relations Director
(617) 948-4386
pr [at] uua [dot] org (pr @

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