MVUUF Anti-Racism Public Statement
MVUUF Reproductive Rights Public Statement
The Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (MVUUF) supports the rights of people who can become pregnant to bodily autonomy and reproductive choices. People who can become pregnant have difficult choices to make about what is best for their family, their health, and their futures. Those choices should remain with them, their families and their healthcare provider.
Without safe access to resources and reproductive healthcare including, but not only, abortion, people who can become pregnant will lack the human dignity and right to decide when and how to parent children in safe homes and communities with sustainable resources. These people will be unable to make healthcare decisions that are best for them and their families. Access to reproductive health care, including abortion, is often difficult for people who are young, living with low incomes, Black, Indigenous and People of Color, people living in rural areas, and in states with restrictive reproductive laws.
Our UU values call us to act with justice, equity and compassion in human relations. We are alarmed by recent judicial and legislative attacks on reproductive rights. We call on legislators to support human rights, not restrict them.
MVUUF Transgender Rights Public Statement
As Unitarian Universalists, Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship promotes self-determination and advocates for people to be who they are without interference. We support the dignity of all people, including the right to access jobs, education, recreation, healthcare and public services. We affirm the rights of people who are transgender so that life may be lived to its fullest by everyone. We recognize the importance of love and support for all vulnerable people, especially transgender youth.
In Ohio and many other states, much legislation has been proposed and some passed to restrict the rights of people who are transgender. Some schools and school districts have anti-transgender policies or are considering them. Such laws and policies restrict youth access to medical care or to sports, place barriers to screening, and require people to declare one of two genders, when they may not fit in that box. In some states, teachers are not allowed to use the pronouns a child requests. The Ohio Legislature has tried to restrict medical and psychological care and treatment for people with transgender identities, especially youth. These policies and legislation do not represent our UU values. Family values must include the rights of transgender youth and parents.