Worried about the possibility that some states may "grant legal status to zygotes and embryos", Debra W. Haffner, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Religious Institute, writes in the Washington Post of the religious case for legalized abortion.
I was not surprised to learn that the, huh ....... Reverend (?) Haffner is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister.
According to their website, the UUA welcomes people with diverse beliefs - drawing "inspiration from Atheism and Agnosticism, Buddhism, Christianity, Humanism, Judaism, Paganism, and other religious or philosophical traditions". It's not surprising then, that a Unitarian Universalist minister would support abortion.
Yes,Unitarian Universalists are all about diversity. "Individual Unitarian Universalists may discern their own beliefs about spiritual, ethical, and theological issues". However, the group does hold to seven shared principles:
The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process
within our congregations and in society at large;
The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Being a UU minister, Haffner believes in the inherent worth and dignity of every person , that is, of course, unless you are a zygote or embryo. In that case,she doesn't even consider you a person.
In her Washington Post piece, Haffner writes that "Christian and Hebrew scriptures neither condemn nor prohibit abortion." I guess she forgot about "Thou Shall Not Kill". Although her relgion claims to draw from Buddhism as well, she seems to overlook the first of the 5 Buddhist precepts- "I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking life".
A photo slide show for the article has this -
"The Catholic Church in particular is credited with organizing and driving the anti-abortion movement for decades., but religious arguments shape the pro-choice side, too".
Reverend Haffner doesn't do a convincing job of presenting those, so called, religious arguments.