Stand Resolution: Reproductive Justice is a Fundamental Human Right

During the May 2023 Congregational meeting, the members in attendance voted unanimously to side with Reproductive Justice. Specifically, they voted to approve the following statement:

Our UU principles call us to act for justice, equity and compassion in human relations, and to support the inherent worth and dignity of every person. In accordance with these principles, we support Reproductive Justice as defined by The SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective: it is a “human right that includes the right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, to have children, to not have children, and to parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.” People should be educated about and have access to the complete range of reproductive health care, as well as self-determination and the right to conscience regarding their bodies. Families should have healthy and safe conditions for raising children. 

A vision of equity and compassion drives Reproductive Justice. We will work to overcome direct threats to Reproductive Justice and we will address limitations in access due, among other things, to disparities in wealth, environment, race and ethnicity, sexuality and gender, and ability/disability. We will support policies that help families have children and raise the children they have. 

In order to promote Reproductive Justice, we will:

  • Educate ourselves, our congregation and our communities about Reproductive Justice and systems that work against it
  • Advocate to guarantee the right to bodily autonomy and access for all to reproductive health care, including abortion and family planning
  • Support measures that enable secure and healthy conditions for raising children 
  • Champion solutions that enshrine Reproductive Justice in our legal system and reinforce the separation of church and state