On March 2, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the most important abortion case more than two decades. The case reviews two parts of Texas’ anti-abortion law, H.B. 2. The law has already resulted in the closure of most of the abortion clinics in the state. According to Latino Justice, “Attempts to eliminate access to affordable reproductive health care infringe on women’s constitutionally protected rights and disproportionately burden poor women and women of color.”
As people of faith, we affirm that all people should have the opportunity and the power to control their reproductive lives. If this law is allowed to go into full effect, restrictions on access to abortion could spread throughout the country. Low income women and communities of color will be disproportionately affected. All people must have the economic, social and political power to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families. For too many women, poverty, social inequities, lack of access to education, racism, and sexism have constrained their power to choose freely.
Nearly 1,300 faith leaders added their names to the faith amicus brief in support of Whole Woman’s Health showing religious support for access to abortion. Now, on the weekend before oral arguments, faith leaders from across the country are joining together to pray that the court will preserve access to abortion.
Please take a moment to sign up using the form below and join congregations nationwide for a National Weekend of Prayer for Reproductive Justice, February 26-28, 2016.
The National Weekend of Prayer for Reproductive Justice is sponsored by the Religious Institute and co-sponsored by the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA), National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Just Texas:Faith Voices for Reproductive Justice, MCC Global Justice Institute, Metropolitan Community Churches, Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation, Unitarian Universalist Women and Religion, Unitarian Universalist Association, and the National LGBTQ Task Force.