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Anti-Choice Bills Will Send Women to the Back Alleys

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Cathy Levy, BlogHer

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Allow me to surprise some of you.  I’m a deeply religious person, and I’m pro-choice.  So are many others in my Presbyterian congregation in suburban Upper Arlington, Ohio.  So are many other deeply religious people and clergy (men and women) who I work with across Ohio through the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.  We come from Judaic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalist, and Lutheran faiths.  Yes, you read that right.  Religion and Choice.   In fact, when the Ohio legislature writes laws that restrict our access to abortion, they are restricting our religious freedom. 

We share common ground with our brothers and sisters who are proposing seven anti-choice bills at the Ohio state house (two up for vote on Wednesday, March 16).

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Our common ground is the goal to reduce the number of abortions.  Our difference lies in the methods we seek to reach that goal.   We at the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice back Ohio's “Prevention First” bill (defeated for several years now, but to be reintroduced again this year) which offers comprehensive sexuality education for our kids, to prevent unintended pregnancies.  We back programs like universal health care and other programs to address addiction, poverty, abuse, and sickness… social conditions which lead to women to choose abortion.  In contrast, the anti-choice bills before the Ohio legislature will return us to the days of back-alley abortions, and would not keep abortions from happening. Is the coat-hanger what God would want for a beloved daughter?

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