Reproductive Justice & Prayer

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As the election comes closer, and as voting is underway in many places, I continue to provide this resource for all those working for reproductive justice.  This week’s prayers include work on behalf of survivors of violence, attention to gender identity, and support for women in the military.

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 fourth week:

Day 22: We pray that discrimination based on gender will no longer be tolerated, no matter a person’s gender identity.

Day 23: We give thanks for the strong women in our lives who have given us examples of good decision-making.

Day 24: We pray for women in the military, that they have full access to reproductive healthcare.

Day 25: We pray for women who have been made afraid of their own power by their religion. May they learn to reject fear and live bravely.

Day 26: We give thanks for the intelligence, talent, wit, and wisdom of all the women and girls in our lives.

Day 27: We pray that Americans refuse to support language that challenges the rape survivor instead of the perpetrator.

Day 28: We pray for immigrant women and for their ability to provide for their families.

And while it may be important, praying is not enough.


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.

  • Frank

    #1. We pray for the immediate ceasefire on the unborn.

    #2. We pray that all people will raise the value of life across the board starting with the weakest, the unborn.

    #3. We pray that those who fight for choice will fight just as hard with their time, energy and money to convince those considering abortion to reconsider.

    #4. We pray for those that have chosen to kill their unborn child that they will ask for forgiveness and then receive it.

    #5. We pray that all of our government officials hearts will be open to stand up unapologetically for the least of the “least of these” or be elected out of office.

    Please feel free to share.

  • pagansister

    #1: We pray that no one will interfere with a woman’s legal right to control what she does with her body, since it is her choice and hers alone.

  • Frank

    And ere we have it: one side praying for the most innocent, the other side praying for themselves.

  • pagansister

    If we don’t pray for ourselves, Frank, who will? Certainly not a person with your feelings towards intelligent women making their own choices regarding reproduction.

    • Frank

      There is nothing intelligent about choosing to kill an innocent life that you made choices that allowed the child’s creation. That’s stupidity.

  • pagansister

    Sorry to disappoint–but it is intelligent women that make the choices of what to do with there bodies—being a male—NOT Yours. Nothing stupid about choosing to NOT carry a pregnancy to term if you are unable to afford to feed, or clothe it.—-or if that pregnancy is due to rape or incest—-Not your business actually, what a woman does or does not due.