Do Pro-Choice Churches Exist?

Pro-choice churches absolutely exist. Some faiths, such as Judaism, have been actively pro-choice.

Our Pro-Choice Church

Emerson Church has joined 26 other churches in Texas as a  Reproductive Freedom Congregation. This means we publicly affirm three principles:

  • We trust and respect women and people who become pregnant.

  • We promise that people who attend our congregation will be free from stigma, shame, or judgment for their reproductive decisions, including abortions.

  • We believe access to comprehensive and affordable reproductive health services, including abortion, is a moral and social good.

Emerson backed this commitment with concrete, collective action. On May 3, 2022, we demonstrated at Houston’s City Hall to protest Texas’ abortion laws.

Unitarian Universalism: A Pro-Choice Faith

In truth, the Right to Choose has been endorsed by the Unitarian Universalist Association since 1987, wherein they made a General Resolution which supported a pro-choice position. You can read the full General Resolution here, but here are a few key ideas.

  • We believe not only in the value of life but also in the quality of life.

  • We recognize the pain, suffering, and loss of life that were widespread prior to the legalization of abortion in 1973.

  • We recognize that abortion is a morally complex position.

  • Attempts to restrict access to birth control and abortion have been ongoing for decades. In practice, these restrictions deprive poor women of their right to medical care, and stands as an infringement of the principle of separation of church and state.

Visit Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church

If you are pro-choice, then you can find a church home at Emerson or any other Unitarian Universalist church.

You will even find a place where you may productively engage in collective pro-choice activism with other like-minded individuals who share your views.