The church can be a place of healing and wholeness, offering options for support and care for those who make hard decisions about their reproductive health. Too often we see the issue as only two-sided without taking into account the many different aspects of a woman’s decision when it comes to having an abortion. The church has a unique opportunity to be a place of openness and welcome to all.
Miss T’s commitment to reach even the farthest corners with her broom and pan are a tangible expression of the real mission that clinics like hers fulfill in our state each day. Dedicated to ensuring that every person — no matter their background, financial status, location, or social standing — has access to the full range of healthcare options that modern science can offer, these clinics do a holy work not just for most people in our society, but for all people.
This commitment to religious and reproductive freedom doesn’t go against God’s love for us all but, rather, it celebrates and honors that love.
I am angry and fearful that someone else’s ideas about when life begins threatens to abolish our rights to determine what happens within our bodies and families. I am angry and frustrated that far too long, so many voices — those of women, people of color, and those who are poor and others who are marginalized in society — have been silenced in this country and around the world. Sometimes, shouting is the only way to be heard.
But we must remember, there are also other ways to productively raise our voices to accomplish our goals and build the democracy in which we wish to live.
Start somewhere — start anywhere — but be sure to start. The sooner we all pitch in and join in this work together, the sooner we’ll see the kind of changes we all know we need.
We’re delighted to announce that Toni Bond — one of the founding mothers of the reproductive justice movement — will serve as the keynote of our upcoming faith leader summit!
Ranging from misogynistic comments about how women shouldn’t be ordained religious leaders to threats of hellfire and damnation for anyone who doesn’t buy into their fundamentalist Christian rhetoric against reproductive freedom, the kinds of hate-filled responses that occupied our Facebook comments section over that weekend were pretty disgusting.
To hate evil, love good, and do justice — to love God and our neighbor as we love ourselves — is to understand people need choices. Need free will. Need to be able to pick what is best for them, their families, and their futures for their unique situation.
We are proud to announce that our Executive Director Elaina Ramsey has received a prestigious fellowship from Auburn Seminary’s 2019 CrossCurrents Research Colloquium. As a scholar-activist, her research and writing will focus on “The Gospel ‘Good News’ of Abortion: Toward an Evangelical Theology of Reproductive Justice.”
Unlicensed and unregulated, the typical fake clinic provides educational materials about pregnancy and abortion that are manipulative, misleading, and often downright false. Using any means necessary, these businesses try to scare pregnant persons and their families into continuing their pregnancy no matter the risk to the pregnant person or the possible adverse health outcomes for their families.