Religious Perspectives On Activism

We are blessed to live in a democracy founded on freedom of speech and religion. As people of faith and conscience who are committed to creating a more just world, we know that our blessings carry responsibilities.

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Amber Royster
Pro-Choice Is Pro-Life

We celebrants are pro-life because we honor those who nurture life – our wives, our mothers, our sisters. We trust their judgement, their experience, their love of life. We join them in being pro-life by being pro-choice.

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Amber Royster
Some Decisions are Easy, Others are Difficult and Challenging

A woman who makes a decision to have an abortion has felt a weight of responsibility as presented to her by her beliefs and the judgment of health professionals she trusts. If her faith places her life and health as primary during her pregnancy, then she should have the opportunity to make a decision appropriate for HER, as challenging and complex as it might be.

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Amber Royster
Religious Liberty

The fact is, religious liberty does not mean the freedom to do whatever you want. The fact is, in order for us to coexist in our diverse society, my religious liberty has to end at the tip of your nose.

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Amber Royster
The Humane Necessity of Abortion

…the “right to life” is not an absolute right. It exists in a matrix with other vital human rights, and they come into conflict more often than you might think. Because they come into conflict most painfully and personally in the situation of an unwillingly pregnant woman, abortion is a humane necessity. 

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Amber Royster
Open Our Hearts

As I stand before you today, my presence makes the most important and eloquent statement:  There is more that one religious perspective on women’s rights, and women’s right to choose. 

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Amber Royster
Sanctuary: Making Room At The Table

Consider the teenaged girl who can not get an abortion in her state without parental notification, but fears the violent reaction that telling her parents she is pregnant might elicit- are not these, today “the least of these”? Are they not among those who today need Sanctuary?

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Amber Royster
Abortion's Moral Value

When two extremely important moral values clash, there can be no completely moral solution, and we are thrust into the world of making the best of bad choices. If the pregnancy is unwanted, either the life is ended or the woman’s precious freedom is abridged. Both of these results are tragedies.

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Amber Royster
Before You Were Born

…our Reformed Tradition teaches us to take very seriously our freedom. Our right to choose involves a profound responsibility. We respect the right of a woman to make very difficult choices-choices regarding what is happening within her own body. We acknowledge that an unwanted pregnancy places her in a very stressful dilemma. But we also believe that a woman is capable of making responsible decisions.

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Amber Royster