The fortieth anniversary of the Supreme Court decision known as Roe vs. Wade was very cold here in Virginia, but it was sunny! A dedicated crowd braved the freezing temperatures to gather at the Virginia State Capitol in support of reproductive rights, including access to safe and legal abortions, and in opposition to the persistent efforts to chip away at those rights.
As UUFP member Lauren Furey put it, “I took a personal day from work and headed to the Capitol in Richmond, Virginia to attend a support rally for the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. Last year our governor, Bob McDonnell, spearheaded the invasive transvaginal ultrasound bill that would require such a procedure before an abortion would be performed. He got so much flack for that bill that it was altered to ‘allowing’ a woman to opt for a regular jelly belly ultrasound. As several signs stated at the event ‘I can’t believe I’m still protesting this -expletive-.’”
We heard from a number of pro-choice speakers, including some current members of the Virginia Legislature, and Unitarian Universalist congregations from northern Virginia to south were well represented at the event. Tom Hagner and Tret Fure came from the UUFP with Lauren and me, and our cohorts from Williamsburg, Norfolk, Whitestone, Glen Allen and Fairfax identified themselves to us upon seeing the chalice on my stole!
Note: one of the current Congregational Study/Action Issues selected by Unitarian Universalists at the last UUA General Assembly is “Reproductive Justice: Expanding Our Social Justice Calling”.