This Week in Pro-Choice Prayer

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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 first week:

Day 1:  We pray that women will be treated with respect and dignity by everyone who holds power.

Day 2:  We pray for elected officials, that the laws they champion will improve the quality of women’s health.

Day 3:  We pray for women for whom pregnancy is not good news, that they know they have choices.

Day 4:  We pray for our daughters and granddaughters, that they have the power to make their own good choices.

Day 5:  For the 53 million good American women who have chosen abortion, we pray that they find the strength to speak out for other women.

Day 6:  For women who have experienced sexual assault, we pray for laws that protect them instead of shaming them.

Day 7:  We pray for the end to unnecessary and invasive medical procedures before abortions.

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


About Caryn Riswold

Caryn D. Riswold is a feminist theologian in the Lutheran tradition. She is Professor of Religion and Chair of 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

    We pray for the innocent human life that is snuffed out daily mostly for convenience.

    • Caryn Riswold

      What do you mean by, and more importantly, what is your evidence for your claim of “mostly for convenience”? Such dismissal of difficult circumstances that lead a woman to consider abortion seem ignorant.

      • Frank

        Actual percentage of U.S. abortions in “hard cases” are estimated as follows: in cases of rape, 0.3%; in cases of incest, 0.03%; in cases of risk to maternal life, 0.1%; in cases of risk to maternal health, 1%; and in cases of fetal health issues, 0.5%. About 98% of abortions in the United States are elective, including socio-economic reasons or for birth control. This includes perhaps 30% for primarily economic reasons.

    • Caryn Riswold

      I call your attention to this evidence:
      “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.”

      • Andrew

        I agree. Your reasoning is sound. Therefore, I propose another law. Say you have five children, and then you lose your job. You cannot fiscally support all five children. You should be allowed to euthanize some of your children in order to be able to support the remaining kids. It is always acceptable to murder as long as other people benefit.

  • Simon

    I think the actions of some Pro-Lifers (yelling obscenities at traumatised and confused expectant teens etc) outside clinics are horrendous and unchristian but even so…
    “Thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not commit adultery…thou shalt not practice sorcery; thou shalt not kill a child by abortion, neither shalt thou slay it when born…” – Didache 2:2 (dating from late First Century Christianity)

    • Frank

      I agree that it is inappropriate and misdirected to yell at teens walking into a clinic.. Everyone should just vote out anyone who supports abortion on demand starting with Obama and all the way down the line. How anyone can support murder is beyond me.