Texas faith leaders pray for increased access to contraception

850dmf Texas faith leaders pray for increased access to contraception

850dmf Texas faith leaders pray for increased access to contraception

Clergy from across Texas have gathered at the capitol building in Austin to publicly call on legislators to stop their ongoing attacks on reproductive rights and abortion access. Representatives from Christian and Jewish denominations, non-denominational gospel and Bible churches, Catholic organizations and Unitarian Universalist groups gathered to pray together for a “beloved community” that requires that “all women have access to safe, affordable health care,” prayed Reverend Valda Jean Combs of St. James United Methodist Church in Waco.The presence of progressive religious leaders at the capitol stands in stark contrast to a years-long attack on women’s reproductive rights in the state. During the 2011 legislative session, Texas lawmakers cut $73 million from family planning programs, followed by a 2012 decision by Governor Rick Perry to dissolve the state’s partnership with the federal Women’s Health Program, forfeiting millions in Medicaid funding for low-income women’s healthcare.As Andrea Grimes reports for RH Reality Check:Continue Reading…

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Texas faith leaders pray for increased access to contraception

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