Another Week in Pro-Choice Prayer

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This week, I continue the series that was begun last week, much to the dismay of anti-choice activists commenting freely.

40 Days of Prayer to Stop the War on Women is a campaign by Faith Aloud, with a prayer a day beginning September 28 and leading up to the election.

Faith Aloud is a movement to give spiritual support to persons making reproductive decisions. As people of religious faith and conviction, Faith Aloud supports reproductive justice for every person. Our struggle for reproductive freedom includes issues concerning: abortion, adoption, choice, LGBTQ rights, Same-sex marriage, reproductive health and their intersections with faith and spirituality.

Here are the prayers for the second week:

Day 8:  We pray for compassionate religious voices to speak out for the dignity and autonomy of women.

Day 9:  We give thanks for the doctors who provide quality abortion care, and pray that they may be kept safe.

Day 10:  We ask for protection for the women who pass through hostile gauntlets of bullies on their way into abortion clinics.

 Day 11:  We pray for the mothers of disabled children, that no one will shame and diminish their motherhood.

 Day 12:  We pray for unfettered access to all forms of birth control.

 Day 13:  We pray that all people will vote for candidates that honor women’s lives.

 Day 14:  We pray that women will find their voices and speak their truths, even when others do not want to hear.

I’ll continue posting a week’s worth of the prayers at a time here, and encourage you to pray, share, and post them widely.

And, perhaps the commenters could focus on the content of these prayerful statements instead this week.


About Caryn Riswold

Caryn D. Riswold is a feminist theologian in the Lutheran tradition. She is Professor of Religion and also teaches Gender and Women’s Studies at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where she has worked for over a decade teaching undergraduates to think critically and creatively about religion. She earned her Ph.D. and Th.M. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, holds a master’s degree from the Claremont School of Theology, and received her B.A. from Augustana College in her childhood hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.