Mon. May 16th, 2022

The majority of Muslims support access to safe and legal abortion.

Yes, you read that right.

More than half of Muslims in the United States say abortion should be legal in all or most cases. And yet it may come as a surprise to some that Islam provides ample space for reproductive choices – abolishing the often-considered binary of something like halal (permissible) or haraam (haram) of abortion. ۔ Historically, Islam has been used as a tool to empower individuals to make decisions about their bodies.

As Muslims, we understand that the human interpretation of God’s law is inherently incomplete. Furthermore, religious thought is necessarily diverse and includes a variety of individual experiences. These living experiences, and the perspectives that emerge from them, are as important as religious law and ethics, especially given that each person’s health and other needs are unique, and embody anti-Islamic harms.

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To be clear: legislation and court decisions that constantly restrict reproductive and physical autonomy, including depriving us of the right to safe and legal abortion if we choose to, violate our God-given rights to the heart. Violating – and promoting disproportionate health. The dangers facing black, indigenous and people of color across the country.

In particular, abortion is already inaccessible to low-income and black and brown people of all genders in this country. Extensively, and as the country’s most ethnically diverse religious group, many Muslims in need of this care are already being pushed aside because of inequalities in reproductive health and rights. Also, those who are affected by anti-election policies (even with Ro v. Wade Instead, experience unfair criminal, imprisonment, surveillance, and other inherently racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, and queerphobic systems – systems that detract from our health.

As a result of this second and criminalization, Muslims from all backgrounds are directly affected by patriarchal, racist, and class legislation decisions that range from education and employment to food, housing, to the care, services, and resources we need. Restrict critical access to And healthcare.

All of this comes to control our bodies and lives, which we see reflected in the Islamic principle of haram (sacred deviation). Herma refers to something that is illegal to violate and has been used by various Islamic law schools to convey the meaning of “physical integrity”. When the state fails to honor this sanctity by targeting and harming our people, we can and should raise it for ourselves.

At heart, we love the principle of physical autonomy through a framework of reproductive justice and access to all Muslims, inspired by compassion, in our reproductive life. This framework reaffirms our demand that communities have equal access to comprehensive and culturally sensitive services that help individuals make informed decisions for the safety, health and well-being of themselves and their loved ones. ۔ This is even more important because we must increase self-determination and increase access to health and safety for all, in order to eliminate the abuse of power and control.

As we witness the relentless onslaught of policies that criminalize abortion across the country, we remain steadfast in rejecting and resisting this deadly stalemate. In this turbulent political moment, reassure all those who are most affected by the decisions of those in power that we have always cared for our communities – and will continue to do so.

We call on all Muslims and our friends and allies from all walks of life to unite in the ongoing fight for reproductive justice. Here are five ways you can get started:

  • Support Hart’s Reproductive Justice Fund or your local abortion fund.
  • Access HEART resources to learn more about abortion, how to care for affected people, and ways to navigate access. Contact us with additional questions or if you are interested in hosting a discussion or workshop on this topic.
  • Consider sharing your abortion story with someone you trust, or even encourage a loved one to do so. One opportunity to do so is through a project led by our partners at Queer Crescent. Telling your story can help defame abortion for those in our community who experience feelings of shame around it. You can also be part of stopping and rejecting statements that eliminate the effects of reproductive injustice in religious communities.
  • Understand the fight for abortion care in your state and engage directly in advocacy for service and reproductive justice or by engaging in efforts led by civic engagement organizations near you – and / or working with these leaders and organizations Roots that are farther away. In the coming months, Hart will share more information on this, especially for states with large Muslim populations.
  • Encourage the Muslim organizations you are affiliated with to show their support for reproductive justice.

It didn’t take long to get involved in this fight. If friends and family can be persuaded to join us in demanding reproductive justice, now is the time to educate and encourage them to do so.

Muslims can take care of our health and make informed choices every day. We must continue to work collectively to combat the effects of restrictive laws and the effects of Islamophobic rhetoric based on misinformation about Muslim communities and to increase our access to the resources, power and choice that we have. Bodies need self-determination and autonomy.

What we do with our bodies is not a state decision. As Muslims, we know that the choice is ours alone.

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