Women’s Rights are Human Rights are Women’s Rights
Virtually all mainstream Protestant denominations support women’s full and equal rights. This is a position articulated by Episcopalian, Presbyterian, Lutheran (ELCA), United Churches of Christ, Disciples of Christ, and strongly by the United Methodist Church and many other Wesleyan and Methodist churches.
Mainstream Protestantism doesn’t represent all of the Christian families, and Catholic and Evangelical and Fundamentalist denominations disagree on many major issues regarding the full rights of women.
But for the UMC and the other mainstream Protestants, women’s rights, from access to employment to equal pay, from access to contraception to the right to choose when it comes to abortion, are vital and deserve our strong support. We advocate for women’s rights to make their own choices regarding their bodies and family life.
The topic of abortion is in the news this week. I’ve been alongside many great and loving souls when a decision to end a pregnancy has been considered. And I’ve been moved countless times by people who have “come out” to talk about choices they made at some point in their lives to end a pregnancy. This is never easy. It is never made without serious contemplation and feeling a great weight on the shoulders.
I can honor people on both sides of the debate as caring people. But I ache most of all for women seeing their full liberty and capacity to make thoughtful decisions for themselves debated and threatened. I passionately support women’s rights to choose what happens to their bodies.
I wanted you to know where I stand, friends. I stand with women in this debate. And I am proud to be a part of a denomination that does, too.
Your Pastor, Rod