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Needham, MA 02492

We Will Not Be Controlled



Sunday, January 22, 2023

10:30 am, live streamed online from the sanctuary

Rev. Catie Scudera preaching


Exactly 50 years ago this Sunday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued the Roe v. Wade decision, declaring that the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution includes a “right to privacy,” protecting a pregnant person’s right to an abortion. Roe v. Wade subsequently provided the foundation for other privacy rights: access to contraception, decriminalization of same-sex intimate relationships, interracial and same-sex marriage equality. Unfortunately, Roe was overruled by the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, leading to abortion being outlawed in twelve states. This Sunday, in honor of what should have been Roe’s fiftieth anniversary, we reflect on the reproductive justice movement and how we, First Parishioners, can advocate for reproductive justice today through poetry, song, stories, and ritual.