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Congregational Life: Social Justice: Abortion & Reproductive Rights

online and in-person connections for service and justice work

Books

A Complicated Choice: Making Space for Grief and Healing in the Pro-Choice Movement

Groups, Websites, & Organizations

rural organizing project logoRural Organizing Project offers this Reproductive Justice Resource List.

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice - Salud | Dignidad | Justicia

We amplify the grassroots power and thought leadership of Latinas/xs across the country to fuel a larger reproductive justice movement.

Apply for our Activist Institute: How to Get Police Out of Schools

Join thousands of youth activists and adult allies as we build a better and more equitable world.

Multimedia

Doctors Sound Alarm As Ignorant Abortion Bans Hurt Medical Care, Cause Undue SufferingPlanned Parenthood chief medical officer Dr. Colleen McNicholas talks with Rachel Maddow about how state abortion bans are forcing women in medical need to endure potentially life-threatening suffering. MSNBC

'Breathtakingly Arrogant': Alito Shredded For Claiming Most GOP Justices 'Wrong' Except HimMSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber, The Nation’s Joan Walsh and New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse, to discuss the Dobbs decision and its impact on SCOTUS legitimacy. MSNBC

Reproductive Rights Sunday

Sermon by Rev. Dr. Caleb J. Lines
Watch Rev. Dr. Caleb J. Lines for the highlights from his Sunday service on Reproductive Rights on June 26th, 2022!  READ ON ... 

 

 

“Anti-Choice is Anti-Christian”

Sermon by Rev. Mark Sandlin
Watch Rev. Mark Sandlin, Presbyterian Church of the Covenant on his  June 26, 2022, sermon on Abortion Rights.  READ ON ... 

VideoBut God Didn’t Say That: Religious Community Members Talk God and Abortion

Progressive Faith Leaders, including Jamie Manson of Catholics for Choice and the National Catholic Reporter, share thoughts on abortion. Originally posted to YouTube by Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

 Classic T-ShirtI love Jesus AND Reproductive Rights T-Shirt

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Show the world that your are not mutually exclusive: you can love both Jesus and Reproductive Rights. You can be a Christian and believe in choice. Many doctors, ob's, nurses and others that help with reproductive issues are people of deep faith.

Blogs, Podcasts, & Articles

What would it mean to codify Roe into law – and is there any chance of that happening? by Professor of Law, Boston University

 

Demonstrators march in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade in Boston on June 24, 2022.

PHOTO BY BARRY CHIN/THE BOSTON GLOBE VIA GETTY IMAGES

For Indigenous Peoples, Abortion Is a Religious Right

by Abaki Beck & Rosalyn Lapier; Yes! Magazine

 

YES! Magazine: A Better World TodayYes! Magazine shared a number of informative, important, motivating articles pre- and post- Supreme Court ruling on Roe, including: After Roe v. Wade: Rage and Resistance by Sunnivie Brydum & Sonali Kolhatkar

Roe Has Been Overturned. Now What?

by Yes! Editors

 

Overturning Roe v. Wade Isn’t Just About Abortion

by Michele Gilman

 

Fighting Back for Abortion Rights

by Natalie Peart

 

What the Abortion Bans Have to Do With Poverty and Race

by Renee Bracey Sherman

Choice Sanctuary

by James Burklo on May 5, 2022

"...It is time for our progressive churches to declare ourselves publicly as “Choice Sanctuaries” – where we actively support each other in exercising our sacred human right to reproductive freedom."

From The Washington Post:

Justice Alito’s rosy view of pregnancy in America is fantasy

Image without a captionPerspective by Ria Tabacco Mar, director of the ACLU's Women's Rights Project

Leaky legal protections and economic penalties riddle the health-care and workplace landscapes

Follow Matthew Fox's numerous writings on Reproductive Rights here.

In Photos: Rallying for Roe by Michael Luong

After a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion signaled the court’s intention to overturn the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, advocates for reproductive justice took to the streets in cities nationwide.

A pro-choice activist protests during a rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in response to the leaked Supreme Court draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

How to Really Support People Who Have Abortions

While roughly one in four individuals capable of being pregnant have an abortion by 45, many are left to process the experience alone. Reproductive justice advocates say that challenging stigma, centering equity, and demonstrating unconditional kindness are vital to providing inclusive care.

by A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez

Illustration by Ada Dasilva/Getty Images

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Religious women have abortions, too. And many faiths affirm abortion rights.

It's long overdue for the American public to recognize the diversity of religious positions in the abortion debate in this country — and for our courts to honor them.

By Zahra Ayubi, associate professor of religion at Dartmouth College, Rebecca Todd Peters, professor of religious studies at Elon University, and Michal Raucher, assistant professor of Jewish studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Judicatory Resources

 Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church - Home | FacebookThe statement of Harriett Jane Olson, top executive of United Women in Faith is here:Read statement; read the United Methodist position on abortion.

 

Find the ELCA's social statement and study guide and a letter from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.

A Conversation about Faith & Abortion: Seeking Middle GroundThe United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas recently hosted a forum on faith and abortion. Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor, moderated a discussion featuring female panelists, including medical professionals, a legal scholar, a judge, and a former Kansas legislator. This was a fascinating conversation and could be a good tool to spark respectful conversation within your church.  Watch panel (starts just after the 33-minute mark)