Hi, I recently discovered UU, and am very interested in knowing more about it. But before I go any further, I would like to know, what does UU say about abortion? Should women be allowed? Or is it not allowed? OR is it up to the individual?
Hi, I recently discovered UU, and am very interested in knowing more about it. But before I go any further, I would like to know, what does UU say about abortion? Should women be allowed? Or is it not allowed? OR is it up to the individual? Thanks for your time! -Phil
I'm relatively new to UU, too. I'm learning as I go along, so to speak. There are the Principals: [LIST] [*]The inherent worth and dignity of every person; [*]Justice, equity and compassion in human relations; [*]Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations; [*]A free and responsible search for truth and meaning; [*]The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large; [*]The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; [*]Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.[/LIST]I would imagine #1 would be the one most applicable re: your question. And it's my understanding that it's up to you to work out what that means in your life.
I am only one person, and whatever I see around me is through my subjective lenses, but I think if you did a poll, you'd find most UU's would say..it's up to the individual. I, for one, am pro-choice. By that, I mean a woman's right to choose pregnancy, abortion, birth control, type of delivery, whether or not to relinquish for adoption, and so on.
If you were to join a congregation, I would bet you'd find as many members opposed to abortion specifically as there are who are pro-choice.
This great little book will likely answer that question as well as most others you may have about UUism. click here-----> 100 Questions
I've been a UU member for most of the last 25 years and can assure you that while UU's who actively oppose abortion rights do exist, they're in a decided and mostly silent minority. Various UU's historically have worked actively to support a woman's right to reproductive freedom without dictating what her choices ought to be.
Take a look also at the UU website click here------> UUA site for more information on the extent to which the denomination takes a position on this issue.
Btw, AintKatie, I LOVE your signature quote...loved Molly Ivins. So sad that she's no longer with us and able to point out as she was so fond of doing, "Tried ta tell ya that but y'all weren't listenin'."