The Religious Institute and Just Texas coordinated faith leaders to join this amicus brief in support of abortion access. Seventeen religious organizations and almost 1300 religious leaders submitted a faith-based amicus brief in the Supreme Court case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole. This case challenges parts of Texas’s clinic shutdown law, known as H.B. 2, which imposes medically […]
A Time to Embrace: Why the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Movement Needs Religion, a new report written by the Westport, Connecticut-based Religious Institute, corrects this misimpression and briefly traces the history of religious support for birth control, and later, abortion, LGBTQ rights, and the freedom to marry. The report also provides an insightful overview of how and why this support has waxed and waned over the past 85 years.
In the wake of the shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and to all who are affected by this act of violence. The Religious Institute renews its commitment to stand with Planned Parenthood and with all women’s healthcare providers. As people of faith, we […]
“The Religious Right tries to say it owns these issues, but the majority of religious Americans support sexual health,” said Rev. Debra W. Haffner, President of the Religious Institute. “It’s time to change the conversation.”
It’s time for policymakers to know that religious conservatives do not have a monopoly on moral views around sexual and reproductive issues. In fact, the truth is majorities of Americans – across religious traditions – support sexual rights, sexuality education and contraception. Majorities of all religious groups—with the exception of white evangelical Protestants—believe that abortion should be legal in all or most cases.
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One hundred percent of foundations and faith-based organizations and 89 percent of secular organizations surveyed agreed or strongly agreed that it was important for the sexual and reproductive health and justice movement to do more to engage religious leaders and people of faith. However very few have dedicated resources to doing so.
There is a pressing need to address the morality of sexual and reproductive health decisions; in particular, those committed to sexual and reproductive justice must work to close the morality/legality divide and help the US public and lawmakers understand that abortion is a moral decision.
October 20, 2015 – New York, NY The Religious Institute calls on secular leaders to bridge the “morality/legality divide.” Renewing the engagement of religious leaders and people of faith is essential to the progress and long-term success of the sexual and reproductive health and justice movement. That’s the key finding of a new white paper […]
September 28, 2015—Today, 45 nationally recognized religious leaders released a joint statement supporting Planned Parenthood and urging Congress to resist efforts to deny federal funding to Planned Parenthood’s health centers – which serve 2.7 million people each year. Together, these Protestant, Jewish, Catholic, Unitarian Universalist, and Muslim leaders agreed: “As religious leaders, we urge Congress […]