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Clergy and people of faith recognize that controversy surrounds reproductive rights for women in the health care reform debate. Though we respect opinions of those different from us, we also express our convictions.

While some people of faith oppose women’s right to safe, legal and affordable abortion access, we, of the same faith, stand with many who affirm women’s right to choose their reproductive futures.

We are concerned that recent legislative efforts to disallow abortion will create an unaffordable, unjust, and unsafe environment. Amendments like the Stupak-Pitts Amendment represent a shift from the status quo in federal abortion policy. We are disappointed that women’s health is being sacrificed in order to pass a bill that purports to expand health care access.

Reform should provide health care resources for all, not leave some out in the cold. As Americans of all faiths, we stand up for equal access across the board. Treating one’s neighbor as one’s self means ensuring everyone has access to resources necessary for staying healthy, supporting their families and contributing to their communities. Americans can do better than a health bill that treats women unfairly, and Congress must know that.

The following people of faith agree with the above statement: The Reverends Amy Carter, Roxanne Klingensmith, Dee Anna, Susan Otey, Allen Secher, Barbara Archer, Ken Crouch, Kimberly Woeste, Lois Van Leer, Charles Nadeau, Barry Padget, Julie Danaher, Ronald Greene, Joel Biggers, Becky Taylor, Kathy Young, Gina Hartung, Mercedes Tudy-Hamilton, John Payne and Dr. Julie Danaher.

Tannis Hargrove

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Planned Parenthood of Montana

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