Faith Voices for Reproductive Justice (FVRJ) is an initiative started by people from different Christian denominations in Northern Ireland in early 2020. We are open to members of all religious communities whose faith has led them to support safe abortion access as a necessary part of society. We want to help build an interfaith community of people who have had abortions or who support the right of others to make that choice for themselves.
We are clergy members, faith leaders and ordinary members of faith communities.
We meet together face to face and online for discussions, training, presentations and to encourage and support one another in our work.
We want to open up space in Northern Ireland for people who feel there is no where else to have open conversations about abortion.
We also want to work for reproductive justice and equality in coalition with organisations, groups and individuals on the frontline of fighting poverty, discrimination and injustice.
Some religious groups have created stigma around abortion through public condemnation and private judgement of individuals. We feel a responsibility as people of faith to say sorry for that and to work to redress it.
We want people to know that there are many different positions on abortion across different religious traditions and denominations. We are seeking to make space for all of those in a place where one religious interpretation on abortion has been allowed to dominate.
Each of our members will have their own experiences and ethical questions that shape their beliefs on abortion, although we share some core principles: