The Choice to Create

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Choice to Create

Rev. Julia Hamilton

One of my first Unitarian Universalist heroes was a young woman named Kara Morgan. Kara was a member of my hometown UU church in New Orleans and she was just a few years older than me, but by the time she was in 8th grade, she was accompanying her mother as a clinic escort at Planned Parenthood. Throughout her teenage years, she spent many weekends and after school hours wearing a bright safety vest and walking the gauntlet of protesters outside the clinic, determined to help women and girls access the health care that was their right. Not all of the women visiting the clinic were there to have an abortion – many were coming for routine care, for birth control, for cancer screenings or HIV testing or any number of the other health care needs that the clinic provided. But all of them faced the protesters who had come to try and scare them away from what was often the only medical care they could afford.

Most of the protesters in front of the clinic were there because of their faith – usually a fundamentalist version of Christianity that has made abortion their battleground for decades. But what most of those protesters did not know, or could not seem to understand, was that Kara was there because of her faith, too.

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