The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued this statement applauding today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt:
“With today’s 5 to 3 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the U.S. Supreme Court has again recognized the profound importance of access to safe and legal abortions. I applaud the court’s decision to strike down a Texas law that placed unreasonable building code restrictions on abortion clinics and an undue burden on women seeking abortion—all under the guise of protecting women’s health and safety. Since the law’s passage, the number of clinics performing abortions in Texas plummeted from over 40 to less than 20 in one of the most populous states in our country.
Unitarian Universalists, recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all people, have long supported women’s reproductive rights. Most recently, in 2015, delegates at the UUA’s General Assembly passed a statement of conscience in support of reproductive justice.
In this case, the Unitarian Universalist Association joined with other organizations of faith and conscience in an amicus curiae brief in support of Whole Woman’s Health that argued that our religious traditions recognize and support the moral right of women to make their own decisions about pregnancy. It was clear that the Texas law imposed medically unnecessary requirements that placed an undue burden on women seeking to terminate a pregnancy.
This law, and those like it being passed in other states, infringed on the dignity of women seeking access to safe and affordable abortion services by imposing restrictions that disproportionately affected the most vulnerable and marginalized among us.
Lawmakers must stop trying to regulate women’s reproductive health under the guise of protecting them. If they want to protect and support women, I recommend they give generously to Planned Parenthood and other organizations truly dedicated to reproductive justice.”