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WOMEN’S RIGHTS GROUP

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Chair: Judy Strachan

Email: Judy.l.strachan@gmail.com

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ABOUT US

The Women’s Rights Group is open to all members of the community. The group is currently focused on Women’s Reproductive Justice.


We are also working on identifying women’s reproductive rights advocates to speak at Forum events and we are working to partner with the local Planned Parenthood on volunteer opportunities.


We meet in the morning on the first and third Saturdays of the month. For more information about the group and to get on the UUSF Women’s Rights Group mailing list, please send an email to judy.l.strachan@gmail.com.

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WOMEN’S RIGHTS GROUP UPCOMING EVENTS

International Women's Day 2024, The United Nations & Women's International League for Peace and Freedom!

Sunday Forum and UUSF Women's Rights Group with Barbara L. Nielsen


Sunday, March 3, 9:30 am, TSK Room

A light breakfast will be offered at 9:00 am.

Barbara L. Nielsen, a San Franciscan, has been actively involved in women's and peace matters at the United Nations, primarily through her membership in the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). She has served in various roles, including elected national treasurer/finance committee chair and program-based committee leadership. Barbara has also been an official delegate of WILPF at the UN's Commission on the Status of Women. International Women's Day, established by the UN on March 8, focuses on various UN mechanisms for member states to support women, including the annual CSW meetings, the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda, and the interrelations between the UN and WILPF, a civil society organization with special consultative status at the UN since 1948.

This forum will only be held in person and will be accessible on UUSF's YouTube channel later.

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MEETING MINUTES

MARCH 2023

Minutes WRG Meeting. Attendees: Linda Harris, Bick Simpson, Susan Anthony, Katie Anthony, Louise Diskerud, Lori Lai, Judy Strachan, Kimberly Gila, Margaret Levitt

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Generous donations to SACReD (Spiritual Alliance of Communities for Reproductive Dignity) have enabled UUSF to become one of SACReD’s sponsors at its initial virtual conference, Jan. 25 and 26. At the time of the meeting, a $500 donation from the minister’s discretionary fund put the church at the gold sponsorship level; another $500 donation would entitle the church to a platinum sponsorship level with the privilege of inviting 10 interested participants. Anyone still interested in donating can make out a check to UUSF and mailed it it to UUSF, 1187 Franklin St., S.F., 94109 by tshe following Tues., Jan. 18, also email Laura Ludwig (lludwig@uusf.org) it is on its way. Carlowe Connelly volunteered to write an article re SACReD and send it the following: Linda Harris, who noted that many UUSF members have supporting women’s reproductive rights for some time; Bruce Neuberger of UUSF HRWG; Joe Chapot of Young Adult Group, Marty Vanderlaan of the Men’s Group; and Rolene Walker of the Quaker group. As of the meeting, Rolene, Julia, Lori, Elaine and Linda planned to attend the SACReD conference. Individuals could register https://justtx.org/sacred/

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The next issue to be discussed was the UUSF Forum’s offer to the Women’s Group to host one forum per quarter that would inform others what the group was going, by means of either a guest speaker or some of its own members. SACReD’s co-founder Daniel C. Kantor has volunteered to speak at the group’s first of such forums, along with a woman lawyer among his associates.

Next to be covered was whether UUSF should become a designated Reproductive Freedom Congregation. This process, which is described at https://justtx.org/rfc/, calls upon the congregation to affirm publicly to: trust and respect women; to promise that those who attend our congregation will be free from stigma, shame and judgement regarding reproductive decisions, including abortion; and to believe access to comprehensive and affordable reproductive health services is a moral and social good. Those present, who included Lori Lai, Elaine Pratt, Merle Easton, Rolene Walker, Sue Anthony, Carlowe Connelly, Nancy Noah-Bear, Julia Wald, and Linda Harris, agreed that this process will involve educating the congregation as well as voting upon the principles in a congregational meeting.

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The group’s ongoing aim to support those already active in the reproductive justice movement, either as health care professionals or as volunteers assisting women actively seeking abortions, was next to be discussed. Questions arose as to whether the church could face legal jeopardy during this period while the new Texas law faces Supreme Court review. It was decided to consult with the church’s legal advisors before the Women’s Group actively supports organizations that arrange or provide abortions. As Carlowe pointed out, a church like UUSF can be seen as financially able to afford helping people trying to take advantage of the Texas law.

The last item of business was a church reproductive rights banner, which cannot be hung until the repointing of the church’s exterior walls is finished. This project has been in part financially and professionally supported by member Merle Easton, and this bit of news sparked a round of applause. Margaret Levitt stressed how an exterior banner would make the church’s reproductive rights support more visible. Rolene Walker, a retired creative director and artist, volunteered to assist with the banner’s design. Elaine Pratt promised to contact Planned Parenthood on the legality issues regarding the banner’s wording. 

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