Religion, Spirituality, and Reproductive Justice

Religion, Spirituality, and Reproductive Justice

Religion and reproductive justice are deeply intertwined, as religious institutions have largely informed how both individuals and legislators engage with reproductive rights. In American society much of the anti-choice voice is grounded in religious justification, often using religious public intimidation tactics such as prayer circles outside of women’s health clinics and signs of graphic images accompanied with Biblical verses. This section of the syllabus counters the hegemonic religious values spread by anti-choice groups, using five varied sources to demonstrate how reproductive justice is a religious, spiritual, and womanist issue that is intertwined with concern for the body, mind, spirit, and overall well being of an individual. These sources acknowledge the religious and womanist values of what it means to respect the sacredness of someone making a difficult choice, our collective moral obligations to uplift each other, the connectedness of ourselves and others to higher powers when facing a hard place, and advocating for our own bodily integrity and autonomy.