As a multi-faith organization that values the sacred nature of human beings, care for our neighbors, and protecting human rights and religious freedom in public policy, Faith Action Network Governing Board and staff decries today’s decision by the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. We are compelled to speak out because of the negative impacts on the health and well-being of millions of women, with a disproportionate impact on women of color, those with limited resources, and/or those who live in states where all abortions will become illegal. This reversal will increase the inequalities that already are so much part of our health care system in the United States.
Since its formation, the Faith Action Network in Washington has supported human rights and equity in public policy at the state and federal level. As a multi-faith organization, we have spoken out when public policies or acts of violence threaten basic human rights of any group – religious or non-religious.
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s action to overturn Roe v. Wade, which has maintained the constitutional right of a pregnant person to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction, FAN stands with those whose rights are being denied.
We believe the Supreme Court decision on Roe v Wade reflects the growing influence of policy makers in courts, state legislatures, and governor’s offices in many areas of our nation to shape public policy according to particular religious viewpoints that privilege patriarchy and white supremacy and interfere with the religious freedoms of others. We fear that other hard-won protections may be at risk.
As individuals from diverse faith communities, we recognize there are multiple and nuanced positions on the issue of abortion and when life begins. Yet, we agree that the protection of reproductive choice in the framework of Roe v. Wade is a fundamental right that we seek to uphold.
FAN will advocate to retain equitable policies regarding reproductive health in the State of Washington and protection of women’s right to choice; we will also advocate for federal policies to protect such rights.