“What If Roe Were Overturned?”

On January 22, !973 the US Supreme Court declared that women have a fundamental right to choose whether or not to continue a pregnancy. A momentous decision like this evokes the wholeness that a woman is, taking into account the range of factors — economic, professional, relational — that make up the total of a woman’s life. In particular since 2016 there has been consistent chipping away at reproductive rights in this country. Our UU values call us to take a stand for keeping reproductive justice in the hands and hearts of women who are the childbearers, not subject to the power of lawmakers to decide for women. I will include memories of my tenure as chaplain of Planned Parenthood of Austin a decade ago.