If you live near First Unitarian Church of Dallas, you should know that it will be hosting an event this evening related to the always hot-button issue of abortion.
Sarah Weddington, who successfully argued Roe vs. Wade before the Supreme Court, will receive the “Faith Voices for Reproductive Justice Award” from the Texas Freedom Network and Brite Divinity School. Also receiving the award will be First Unitarian's Women’s Alliance, a group of church women who, in 1968, took up the cause of abortion rights in conjunction with women from Temple Emanu-El. That synagogue's Rabbi David Stern will present the awards.
Tonight's event, which will begin at 7, is free and open to the public. Scheduled speakers include:
- The Rev. Daniel Kanter, senior minister of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas and member of the national board of Planned Parenthood
- Sarah Hutchinson, domestic program director of Catholics for Choice
- Lucy Carreon, a former employee of Whole Woman's Health, a McAllen clinic that closed last month in the wake of House Bill 2 becoming law
That law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. The doctors at Whole Woman's Health were not able to obtain such privileges, so the clinic could no longer provide abortions legally.