Too often, congregations – even progressive faith communities – perpetuate a conspiracy of silence around reproductive health issues, especially abortion. This silence can make women reluctant to share their experiences or reach out for support, for fear of being shamed, judged, or stigmatized.
The Reproductive Freedom Congregation initiative is a first step in bringing these issues out of the shadows.
Reproductive Freedom Congregations publicly affirm three principles:
Just as the powerful movement of welcoming-and-affirming congregations continues to make a profound impact on inclusion of the LGBTQ community, our work is a similar effort, grounded in faithful congregations, that will spark a change to the religious conversation around abortion and reproductive freedom in Texas.
As more and more houses of worship across the state join this movement, together we will be a powerful challenge to the broader societal stigma against reproductive freedom.
By meeting a few simple criteria:
Have public conversations about what it means to be a Reproductive Freedom Congregation, discussing the principles and the congregation’s values
Pledge to make the sacred space safe and accepting for everyone
Determine the level of engagement that best matches the congregation’s values
Formally vote to adopt the principles
We understand that every congregation enters into this work from a different place on the path towards reproductive freedom. This is why we offer three levels of engagement for your congregation.
Look below to find a congregation near you where you can share your faith story and your reproductive story!