Supporting Reproductive Rights

WHEREAS, Unitarian Universalist’s Principles affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every individual, the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion and the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

WHEREAS, Unitarian Universalists affirmed the 2015 Statement of Conscience, Reproductive Justice;

WHEREAS, our Unitarian Universalist faith affirms that all our bodies are sacred, and that we are each endowed with the twin gifts of agency and conscience. Each of us should have the power to decide what does and doesn’t happen to our bodies at every moment of our lives because consent and self-determination are holy;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship supports the reproductive rights of women and their bodily autonomy;

FURTHERMORE, we resolve to the following actions:

  1. Organize within BUUF and wider community (interfaith, healthcare, activists, etc) building relationships and networks of support and organizing
    a. Begin small group conversations or a Reproductive Justice team ( join the Side With
    Love three-session Congregational Reproductive Justice Organizing Series).
    b. Map the human, financial, and infrastructural assets of our congregation and have shared conversations about what we are ready to do to directly support those who need abortions, whether located in a high-access or low-access state.
    c. Discern the level of risk we, individually and as a congregation, are ready to take to support abortion access.
  2. Witness:
    a. Speak publicly as people of faith whose UU theology compels us to work for Reproductive Justice and abortion access for all.
    b. Turn out for protest events and rallies such as Bans Off Our Bodies, Rally for Roe, etc.
    c. Wear the UU Side With Love logo to witness that there is support from faith and religious communities.
  3. Build Networks of Support for Abortion Seekers:
    a. Support community trainings on Self-Managed Abortion (SMA), and encourage clergy to get trained in all-options pregnancy counseling.
    b. Create networks with other local congregations and connect directly with local abortion funds and providers.
    c. Continue engaging with national networks that are creating infrastructure to support accessing abortion in both high-access and low-access states.
  4. Education:
    a. Work to assure BUUF continues to provide Our Whole Lives education programs for all ages.
    b. Work with our minister to create a Reproductive Justice Sunday Service.
    c. Educate ourselves at sites such as Faith Choice Ohio for training.
  5. Fundraising: