Query for May
When a child speaks to me,
how do I sincerely listen with loving
Forum: What Should Quaker Policy Be About Reproductive Health
March 26, 2023
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is asking our advice about whether this national Quaker lobbying organization should change its current position on reproductive health policy, especially given the recent Supreme Court decision allowing states to limit a women's access to abortion. Until now, Quakers nationwide have not been in unity about this issue. Many have held that this is a health decision, to be decided by a pregnant person and her/their medical team. Others have held that society has an interest in the matter, though they often disagree about the limits of that interest, its scope, and its timing.
Has that changed? Have recent political events shifted Quaker views, much as Quaker views on sexual and gender identity have shifted over the last half-century? Please join us for a facilitated discussion on the issues.
- You can read FCNL's letter at https://www.fcnl.org/sites/default/files/2023-02/discernment_reproductive_health_2023.pdf.
- You can read FCNL leader Bridget Moix's letter on the issue at https://www.fcnl.org/updates/2022-06/seeking-divine-guidance-and-holding-compassion-abortion.
- You can download Essential Partners' "Guide to Dialogue About Abortion" from https://whatisessential.org/resources/guide-dialogues-about-abortion.
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