Dallas Women’s Alliance Still in the Thick of Reproductive Justice Movement
As the UU Women’s Federation representative to the national Religious Council on Reproductive Choice (RCRC), I recently had the experience of joining other faith leaders in Washington DC for the council meeting and to stand with them on the steps of the US Supreme Court to protest the Hobby Lobby case asking for a corporate religious exemption from covering birth control under the Affordable Care Act(ACA).
This morning I rejoined this group by conference call to hear breaking news about an RCRC event in Dallas Texas last night (Monday April 7) held at the First Dallas UU Church with a goal of rebooting choice activities in that much beleaguered state. Especially on the heels of the recent passage of a law calling for new requirements of practitioners which effectively has shut down multiple abortion providing clinics.
Working with the Texas Freedom Network, Catholics for Choice, and other local organizations, Rev. Rob Keithan, a UU and policy director for RCRC, helped pull together an evening honoring Sarah Weddington, who at age 26 was recruited by the UUWF alliance women in that congregation to argue the Roe V. Wade case. This had followed an extensive effort to research the need for safe and legal abortion by this courageous and groundbreaking group of women.
Several of the alliance women were present to be honored and to honor Ms. Weddington.
Around 200 people attended, as Rob noted, on the evening of a college basketball final game nearby.
The hope going forward is this tribute evening is the formation of a Voices for Reproductive Justices network in this state, building on the efforts of UU women more than 40 years ago.