A collection of religious groups, including organizations with members from the Methodist Church, United Church of Christ, and Jewish faiths have issued a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to oppose a ban on late-term abortions.
Organized under the banner of the pro-abortion Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, the Methodist Federation for Social Action, United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, National Council of Jewish Women and Union of Reform Judaism all signed their names to a letter opposing H.R.1797, the “District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”
“We, the undersigned national religious groups, urge you to oppose H.R.1797, the “District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” sponsored by Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ), which would create a nationwide ban on access to abortion care 20 weeks after fertilization,” they say in the letter. “We stand united across our faith traditions in opposing this extreme legislation.”
The religious groups join organization like Planned Parenthood and NARAL in blaming pro-life laws for the horrors that took place at Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic.
“Proponents of this bill have cited the Kermit Gosnell case as a reason to push this intrusive policy, but the fact is that the lack of access to safe and affordable abortion care is precisely the circumstance that drove women to an unscrupulous person like Gosnell, as it did to so many women before Roe v. Wade. The existence of his clinic is a ghastly warning sign of what happens when abortion is so restricted and expensive that a woman in need feels that she has nowhere else to turn,” they write.
“Our religious values call us to offer compassion, support, and respect to a woman and her family facing these difficult circumstances. H.R.1797 will only make a challenging situation worse. When a woman needs an abortion, it is critically important that she have access to safe and legal care,” they add.
The letter goes on to say, “Like all Americans, Rep. Franks is free to have and share his own religious beliefs about issues related to pregnancy and parenting. Liberty is an American value. However, H.R.1797 is a clear attempt to impose one particular religious belief on the whole nation.”
Franks has said he would think a ban on late-term abortions would bring most Americans together.
“I know when the subject is related in any way to abortion, the doors of reason and human compassion in our minds and hearts often close, and the humanity of the unborn can no longer be seen. But I pray we can at least come together to agree that we can and should draw the line at the point that these innocent babies can feel the excruciating pain of these brutal procedures,” he said.
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