Faith plays an important role in deeply personal life choices. This includes the decision to have an abortion.
People who have abortions worship, love their families, and have children. Those faced with an unintended pregnancy or health complications may turn to God or a faith tradition for loving and merciful guidance. God supports and guides the faithful in our most difficult decisions, including if we make the decision to end a pregnancy.
God says love thy neighbor. A merciful and loving God will support, love and guide those who decide to have an abortion. We must do the same.
In nearly every major faith tradition there are circumstances when abortion is an accepted and respected choice. There are even times when it is a mandate. When individuals seek to universally end or limit abortion rights for all women based on a particular understanding of God, faith, or religion, others suffer. Just as some faithful may choose not to end a pregnancy based on an understanding of faith and God, others may choose abortion consistent with the teachings of faith and under the guidance of a loving relationship with God.
People of faith who choose abortion do so knowing they have God’s unending love.
People of faith, representing diverse religions and seeking connection with God’s unending mercy, embrace the responsibility to lovingly support people choosing to end a pregnancy and to protect women’s rights to access quality abortion care.
You can support abortion because of your faith, not in spite of it. God says love thy neighbor - love and support those who have abortions.
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For more info on diverse faith perspectives about abortion, see our resource library below:
Faith Aloud: Get counseled by clergy in your time of need
United Church of Christ: Clergy Network Facilitated Safe Abortions Years Before Roe v. Wade
National Council for Jewish Women (NCJW): Jewish Values and Reproductive Justice
Interfaith Arkansas: Soul Freedom: A Baptist Perspective on Religious Liberty
Freedom of Choice, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism: What Does the "Freedom to Choose" Really Mean?
Yaqeen Institute: Islam and the Abortion Debate
Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice, Dr. Willie Parker
Trust Women: A Progressive Christian Argument for Reproductive Justice, Rebecca Todd Peters
Pew Research Center: Where Major Religions Stand on Abortion
Guttmacher Institute: State Facts About Abortion: Oklahoma
Guttmacher Institute: United States Abortion Facts
OK State Dept of Health: 2002-2017 Abortion Surveillance in Oklahoma
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