As the Supreme Court of the United States hears Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which challenges a 2013 Texas law that imposed restrictions on abortion clinics, an interfaith coalition organized a weekend of prayer, a rally, and a joint statement on March 1, 2016, from a variety of faith leaders.
UUA President Peter Morales said in the statement, “Unitarian Universalism has a long history of supporting a broad spectrum of women’s rights including making one’s own decision about a pregnancy. In Texas, lawmakers infringed on the dignity of women who seek access to safe and affordable abortion services by enacting a restrictive law that disproportionately affects the most vulnerable and marginalized among us. As president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, I join with other faith leaders in calling on the US Supreme Court to vote to uphold human rights and reproductive justice and to reverse the Fifth Circuit Court’s decision.”
UU Women’s Federation President Kirstie Lewis and the Rev. Debra Haffner, president and CEO of the Religious Institute, also joined in the statement, which was organized by the Methodist Federation for Social Action and the National Council of Jewish Women.