Reproductive Justice

We affirm that abortion is a compassionate and moral option for women not in spite of our Christianity, but because of it. We hold the following beliefs, rooted in our biblical understanding and the embodiment of our Christian values:

-Sex is a most treasured gift that God has generously given.
-A woman is created with the inalienable right and the moral capacity to make decisions about her own body.
-Legislating restrictions on women’s reproductive choices based primarily on the legislators' religious or philosophical views violates the U.S. Constitution.
-Legislating any interpretation of scripture violates our religious freedom.

Abortion can be a highly moral choice for a woman, much more so than compelling a woman to bear and raise a child even though she lacks the emotional or material resources to sustain herself or her family. Just as Jesus advocated for those oppressed by society in his day, we too stand with women oppressed in our day by deep rooted misogyny and poverty. We see the denial of safe, affordable health care, including reproductive health care, as an unjust assault on those who cannot afford the medical care they deserve and that is available to others. As Christians we are called to counter oppression with alternatives based in compassion, equality, respect, and love.

Women are capable of making soulful, moral decisions about their own bodies. Judson Memorial Church seeks to be a faithful and justice-seeking community founded in the Baptist tradition. It is a God-given right to hold one owns belief and to reject state-sponsored religion. This is the core Baptist principle of soul competency—belief in the ability of each person to “rightly divide the word of God” (2 Timothy 2:15) and act accordingly. Each person and each community of believers has the right to follow the dictates of their conscience, without compulsion from authoritative structures. Therefore, current legislation restricting women’s reproductive choice also restricts moral choice. To restrict a woman's choice is to refuse her soul freedom.

To find out more, please read our full statement on Reproductive Justice.

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