Last updated on: 5/28/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Abortion Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Unitarian Universalists have a historic commitment to working for women’s rights and reproductive health… We recognize that the struggle for safe and legal access to abortion services is one arena within the larger framework of reproductive justice for which we strive.

Reproductive justice means that all women have the human right to bear – or not bear – children when and how they choose to do so.

This includes, but is not limited to: access to safe, legal and affordable health care, comprehensive sex education, nutrition, parent support, family planning, contraception, abortion, and adoption, particularly for low-income women; bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people; and women and families of color. These people are disproportionately and systematically denied their right to crucial services and the full array of reproductive choices and self-determination over their bodies.”

“Social Justice,” www.uua.org (accessed May 27, 2010)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a religious organization (PDF) that combines two traditions: the Universalists, who organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825. They consolidated into the UUA in 1961.

Both groups trace their roots in North America to the early Massachusetts settlers and to the founders of the Republic. Overseas, their heritages reach back centuries to pioneers in England, Poland, and Transylvania.

Each of the 1,041 congregations in the United States, Canada, and overseas are democratic in polity and operation; they govern themselves. They unite in the Association to provide services that individual congregations cannot provide for themselves. Each congregation is associated with one of the UUA’s 19 districts.

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion with Jewish-Christian roots. It has no creed. It affirms the worth of human beings, advocates freedom of belief and the search for advancing truth, and tries to provide a warm, open, supportive community for people who believe that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion.”

“About the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations,” www.uua.org (accessed May 27, 2010)

Mission:
  • “We help congregations take action on their values by providing ‘how-to’ resources on advocacy, organizing, public policy issues and the theological motivations for our justice work.
  • We keep the national media informed about Unitarian Universalist (UU) values and activities, and our Association’s leaders speak out on current issues.
  • The Association’s Washington Office for Advocacy implements General Assembly social justice decisions, making our views known to the U.S. Congress and Administration.
  • We strengthen our voice in coalition with other organizations.
  • We ensure that Association funds are in socially responsible investments, and we provide information on how congregations and individuals can be socially responsible investors…
  • We offer endowment management services to congregations…”
  • “Giving Public Voice to Our Values and Principles,” www.uua.org (accessed May 27, 2010)

    Other:
    Religious association
    Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Should Abortion Be Legal?