Thursday, January 24, 2013

Saying What We Mean....

The other day, the UUA President, the Rev. Peter Morales and the President / CEO of the UU Women's Federation, the Rev. Marti Keller  released a statement on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.  Go read it; there is not a single word in this statement I disagree with.

However, I wonder to whom it is written.  It reads as though it is written to be read by Unitarian Universalists who are checking up on the UUA to make sure that it is properly focused on this issue.  It reads as though it is written to be read by people who are our coalition partners who want to understand the fullness of our position as they work with us.

What I would like to see us say is something like this:

To all people, especially young people, especially young women: 
You have the right to have the children you want to have, and to not to have children you don't want to have, You have the right to raise your children in safe and healthy environments, and you have the right to express your sexuality without oppression.  
These rights are the cornerstones of reproductive justice, and every person, including you, should have them. They are human rights. They are bigger than just the right to choose an abortion if you are pregnant; you have a right to get appropriate health care, to receive complete and accurate information about sexuality, to express yourself sexually without coercion, violence and exploitation. 
Unitarian Universalists have been fighting for your right to reproductive justice for all people for decades.  Today is the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that upheld your right to choose an abortion.  We celebrate that victory.  We were fighting for reproductive justice before then, and have been ever since, and will continue to √•as long as it needed. 

If we are going to make a statement, we should make it to the people we are working for, and we should make it so it can be understood.



2 comments:

Unknown said...

Saving what we mean, to whom we mean to say it, assumes that we actually seek to make a difference.

politywonk said...

Well said, Tom. Rarely has our faith so totally failed to honor the pastoral mission its members have a right to expect. President Morales' s salutation, "Happy Roe v wade Anniversary" virtually guarantees that anyone struggling with the complex decision to terminate -- for whatever reason -- will decide the UU clergy and community have already judged the proper outcome. Whether the person -- or couple -- decide to terminate or not, they already have felt judged. Not Universalism's finest hour.