An open letter from more than 80 religious leaders to members of the Texas State Senate includes several significant points:
The bill’s effect of forcing the closure of numerous Texas reproductive health clinics deprives women of vital services that prevent unwanted pregnancies and disease, offer life-saving cancer screenings, and provide responsible, accurate sexual health education. This bill will disproportionately and unjustly affect rural and economically challenged women and families.
• These closures would contradict our various traditions’ teachings about reaching out to the weakest and poorest among us.
• Prohibiting abortion in this fashion poses a direct threat to the lives of Texas women. Such danger would be an abandonment of our faiths’ compassionate commitments to health and safety.
• This denial of liberty is an affront to religious teachings of human freedom and a violation of human rights.
• Imposing one, particular faith-based prohibition on the whole of society is a violation of our religious liberty, our freedom of conscience, and the principles of pluralism that are the foundation of our great nation.
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