The House of Deputies has adopted a resolution affirming abortion on demand up to the time of birth. The resolution was placed on the Deputies consent calendar. A motion to remove the resolution from the consent calendar was defeated on a voice vote. To be adopted the House of Bishops must concur.
D083 (Addressing the erosion of reproductive rights and autonomy)
House of Deputies Message #19
The House of Deputies informs the House of Bishops that on Jul 8, 2022 it considered resolution D083 (Addressing the erosion of reproductive rights and autonomy). The house acted to:
Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring,
That the 80th General Convention recognizes that pregnancy and childbirth are dangerous undertakings that risk permanent disability and death for those who bear children; and be it further
Resolved, that the Episcopal Church reaffirms that parenthood “should be initiated only advisedly and in full accord with this understanding of the power to conceive and give birth which is bestowed by God” (1988-C047); and be it further;
Resolved, that the Episcopal Church recognizes that access to abortion is a key element in preserving the health, independence, and autonomy of those who can bear children; and be it further;
Resolved, that the 80th General Convention affirms that all Episcopalians should be able to access abortion services and birth control with no restriction on movement, autonomy, type, or timing; and be it further
Resolved, that the 80th General Convention understands that the protection of religious liberty extends to all Episcopalians who may need or desire to access, to utilize, to aid others in the procurement of, or to offer abortion services.