Saturday, July 25, 2009

Episcopal Church official voices support for abortion-prevention bill

From ENS-

A representative of the Episcopal Church has joined some 50 other religious leaders and groups in supporting the House of Representatives' Ryan-DeLauro Bill, which, if passed, would aim to reduce the need for abortion by preventing unintended pregnancies and supporting pregnant women and families.

"On behalf of the Episcopal Church, I am pleased to endorse the 'Preventing Unintended Pregnancies, Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act' sponsored by Representatives Tim Ryan [Ohio] and Rosa DeLauro [Connecticut]," wrote Maureen Shea, director of the Episcopal Church's Office of Government Relations, in a statement released on July 24.

"We believe 'that the beginning of new human life, because it is a gift of the power of God's love for his people, and thereby sacred, should not and must not be undertaken unadvisedly or lightly but in full accordance of the understanding for which this power to conceive and give birth is bestowed by God,'" wrote Shea, quoting language from a resolution first passed by the 1967 General Convention and reaffirmed in modified form at several subsequent meetings.

"We recognize that there are differing views on critical aspects of this gift. However, we believe this legislation is a faithful and honest approach to address areas in which those of diverse views can find common ground," Shea continued.

"In order to ensure that the gift of life not be 'undertaken unadvisedly or lightly,' this legislation seeks to prevent unintended pregnancies particularly for teens; it restores and expands family planning programs for low-income women; it gives childbirth support to women and new parents, as well as students so that they can continue their studies; and it provides important information and financial support for those wishing to adopt."

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