Call to Action: Reproductive Justice
This Saturday, May 14, 2022, 12:00 – 2:00 pm in Munn Park. Ban Off Our Bodies Rally/March.
The UUA has a collection of resources on their website to help us learn about our Unitarian Universalist commitment to reproductive justice.
Here’s an important quote that gets to the point:
“Decisions about children, families, and sexuality are some of life’s most profound. Our Unitarian Universalist faith holds central the inherent worth and dignity of all people, which includes a belief in the sacredness of all bodies, and the importance of self-determination and human agency.”
From Side With Love website:
Our Unitarian Universalist faith affirms that all of our bodies are sacred, and that we are each endowed with the twin gifts of agency and conscience. Each of us should have the power to decide what does and doesn’t happen to our bodies at every moment of our lives because consent and bodily autonomy are holy. And when disparities in resources or freedoms make it more difficult for certain groups of people to exercise autonomy over their own bodies, our faith compels us to take liberatory action.
And, let’s be clear:
Should this decision be finalized [overturning Roe vs. Wade], it will be an intentional choice to side with white supremacy and Christian nationalism, and it will be an attack on all people with uteruses, particularly and especially BIPOC, poor, rural, and disabled people. It will have immediate and deadly consequences for millions of people.
The truth is that the conversation about abortion and reproductive rights has always been about Christian nationalism, misogyny, and white supremacy. Under the guises of “religious liberty” and “states’ rights,” the white, owning-class Christian right has been working since the end of the Civil War to subjugate and criminalize Black and brown bodies, maintain power, and hoard wealth.
Please take a look at these websites for a deeper understanding of why this is an important justice issue for Unitarian Universalists. Then, take action by attending the rally on Saturday at Munn Park, joining together with other allies in our community to make it known that there are many of us who are deeply concerned about bodily autonomy and the lives of people with uteruses, especially BIPOC, poor, and disabled people who will continue to be criminalized.