Strong Clerical Support for a Woman’s Right to Choose Does Exist

Writes Rev. Tom Davis. Minister of the United Church of Christ:

Anti-abortion clergy are getting plenty of attention in the health care debate, while clergy insisting on access to the full range of reproductive medicine receive little notice. The imbalance is remarkable, given the long history of clergy support for the availability of contraception and abortion care.

Anti-abortion groups are working to torpedo all health reform if they cannot impose their religious strictures on those who follow other religious teachings. Do the moral views of other religions not matter? Jewish and mainline Protestant denominations generally support a woman’s right to choose, including the ability to have insurance cover contraception and, if necessary, abortion. We agree with President Kennedy who said, “I believe in an America……. where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials.”

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