Reproductive Justice & Prayer. Just The Beginning

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This is the last in my series of posts on prayers centered around reproductive justice issues.  It’s time to vote, to act, to speak, to write, to tell your story, and to make justice real.

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 final prayers leading up to election day:

Day 36: We pray for families suffering economic hardship, that the government not punish them in order to gain the votes of the wealthy.

Day 37: We pray that Americans promote an environment where access to resources for domestic violence victims are not hindered by red tape.

Day 38: We pray that voters will not allow the passage of bills that seek to dismantle assistance programs that aid mothers and families.

Day 39: Because women should have the ability to choose when and how they begin a family, we pray for the legislative protection of family planning services .

Day 40: We pray for all who support women, that they lift their voices bravely on November 6 by casting their ballots for pro-woman candidates.

Because these forty days and forty prayers have shown that justice goes beyond choice, beyond women, and beyond reproduction.  Supporting families takes more than voting and praying.  But it can start there.



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.