December 7, 2014

From RCRC: The Sad State of Reproductive Justice in 2014

This summer, the Supreme Court of the United States held that business owners have a religious right to deny their female employees the contraceptive coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The court also decreed that protestors have a religious right to try to prevent women from entering health clinics through spiritual harassment and intimidation.

This year, states from Texas to Ohio closed dozens of women’s clinics, leaving hundreds of thousands of low-income women dealing with a catastrophic lack of health care.

And with a safe, legal abortion virtually regulated out of existence, poor women in parts of this country are self-aborting at rates not seen since before Roe v. Wade.

This is the appalling state of reproductive justice in 2014. And these are the consequences of allowing a strident religious minority to shout down America’s diverse faith communities and perpetuate the fraudulent idea that to be a religious person in this country is to view a woman’s sexuality, fertility, and moral autonomy through the lens of judgment and shame.

Friend, for people like you and me who are called to the struggle for justice by our faith, not in spite of it, silence is no longer an option. To be silent is to allow the far-right to co-opt our holy books and faith traditions to oppress women and families in our names

In 2015, reproductive justice is going to be as vulnerable as it’s been since before Roe. In fact, for millions of women in this country today, especially women of color, low-income women, and immigrant women, it’s as if Roe never happened.

We know that voices of faith will be decisive in determining whether we, as nation, continue to trample women’s lives and liberties or whether we turn toward justice.

The only question is whether the loudest voices are going to belong to the minority that wants to repress and regulate a woman’s sexuality and fertility -- or to people like you and me, whose faith calls us to affirm a woman’s God-given right to control her own destiny.

It’s time we provided an answer. And that’s why I hope I can count on you to continue to stand with RCRC next year as we stand with vulnerable women and families.

Please make your most generous contribution to RCRC’s 2014 year-end fund drive today so that we can raise a faithful voice for reproductive health, rights, and justice next year. We need you now more than ever. Thank you!

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