There are so many things to like, support, and affirm in The Religious Institute’s Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Family Planning: Claiming sex and sexuality as divine gift and the family as sacred, affirming individual moral agency, attending to sacred texts and traditions in terms of what they do and do not say on the issues, naming access to contraception as a moral issue, and clarifying what religious liberty means.
Perhaps most important is the “Call to Action”
“We call on leaders of all faiths to raise a prophetic voice to publicly advocate for universal access to family planning. We urge religious leaders to:
- Educate themselves and their faith communities about sexual and reproductive health and the need for universal access to family planning.
- Compassionately and competently address the needs of their congregants as they make decisions about family planning, contraception, and sexual relationships.
- Contact local family planning providers for referrals, mutual training and support, and encourage those agencies to acknowledge the influence of faith on clients’ decisions about contraception.
- Engage in public discourse about the ethical issues involved in research on new methods of contraception.
- Work within their traditions and denominations to make reproductive health a social justice priority.
- Advocate for increased U.S. financial support for domestic and global family planning services through sermons, public witness, and involvement in the political process.”
In addition to doing these things, if you are a religious leader you can endorse the statement here.
As Rev. Debra Haffner said, “Let us demonstrate to all who would once again limit contraception that people of faith understand that ‘contraception saves lives, promotes human flourishing, and advances the common good.’”