Pro-Choice Prayer Is About Justice

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This is the third set of prayers for women, men, and families seeking reproductive justice.

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 third week:

Day 15: We pray for men, that they may offer their loving kindness and support for women’s difficult decisions.

 Day 16: We pray for increased financial support for low income women to access contraception, abortion, and childcare.

 Day 17: We pray that the staff at abortion clinics may be daily confirmed in the sacred care that they offer women.

 Day 18: We pray for insurance companies who hold the power to improve access to women’s healthcare in their hands, that they make the right choices for women.

 Day 19: We pray for all pregnant women. May they be surrounded by loving voices.

 Day 20: We pray for families of yesteryear who mourn the loss of loved ones due to illegal abortion. May we prevent it from happening again.

 Day 21: For women who fear spiritual punishment for exercising choice, we pray they come to know God as a loving guide instead of an angry judge.

I will continue providing this resource until the election, and encourage you to pray, tweet, and share widely.



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.

  • Jenny

    You’re actually praying for more abortions? That is beyond twisted. God have mercy on this sick, sick society of ours.

    • Caryn Riswold

      No. Read more carefully with an open mind and heart.

  • Frank

    There is no justice when innocent unborn children are killed for convenience. More than 6000 a week.

    What a bunch of selfish nonsense.

    • Caryn Riswold

      Selfish nonsense = posting the same comments on this blog day after day.

      • Frank

        Selfish nonsense is praying to a Christian God to support the killing of innocent life.

        So then you must agree based on your repeated post that 97% of abortions are dues to convenience, economic or otherwise.

    • Caryn Riswold

      “A crosscutting theme was women’s responsibility to children and other dependents, as well as considerations about children they may have in the future. Most women in every age, parity, relationship, racial, income and education category cited concern for or responsibility to other individuals as a factor in their decision to have an abortion. In contrast to the perception (voiced by politicians and laypeople across the ideological spectrum) that women who choose abortion for reasons other than rape, incest and life endangerment do so for “convenience,”13 our data suggest that after carefully assessing their individual situations, women base their decisions largely on their ability to maintain economic stability and to care for the children they already have.”

    • Diane

      Whoops, Caryn,
      The more accurate statistic is that 64% of women felt pressured into having those abortions, according to Rue, et al, “induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women” Medical Science Monitor 10(10):SR5-16, 2004. MSM9(4):CR 105-122,2003, also reported 84% felt they did NOT receive adequate counseling beforehand, so how could they have made careful assessment.

      • Caryn Riswold

        I don’t underestimate the intelligence and understanding of women, and their ability to carefully assess their situation in making their own decisions.

  • Eternity

    “We pray for increased financial support for low income women to access contraception, abortion, and childcare.”

    By your own words, you contradict yourself. I pray for you that God will have mercy on you and that you will repent and see the errors of your ways.