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Colorado Clergy and People of Faith Commitment to Reproductive Justice
As clergy, faith leaders and people from a wide spectrum of faiths in Colorado, we stand together for reproductive justice and religious freedom. This stand is critical now as we have seen recent violence at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, and we have seen how unethical anti-reproductive justice proponents used area Planned Parenthood staff to create a nationally released false tape which told lies about this critical service.
We affirm the sanctity of life and support laws and policies that provide access to legal, comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including contraception and access to safe and legal abortions. A woman must have control over her own body and her healthcare decisions. Because there are many religious, ethical and compassionate positions on reproductive issues, no single perspective, restrictive or not, should govern the rights of all.
We know that women have the capacity for their own ethical agency, and we support women as they seek guidance and counsel from pastors, clergy, their families and doctors to make personal and private decisions. We support religious and medical professionals as they advocate for women to be their own primary decision makers. We stand by the work of women’s health centers, including Planned Parenthood, for providing quality and affordable medical care and comprehensive sex education so vital to the well-being of our communities.
We support the needs and rights of women to live their full lives. This commitment requires that women receive equal pay for equal work and access to educational and professional opportunities. We continue to strive for access to affordable health care, safe and affordable housing, nutritional food, clean water and air, reliable childcare and excellent public education.
We support evidence-based policies that provide comprehensive sex education; research concludes that comprehensive sex education reduces sexual violence and improves the sexual health of Colorado’s youth. We join the efforts of many to erase all forms of violence, especially the normalized violence against women and children.
We support policies and leadership that do not discriminate against women or men on the basis of their gender identity or the very personal decisions about who they love, how they form their families and how they express their genders.
We value genuine religious liberty, which upholds the right of each person to make faith-based or conscience-based health care and reproductive decisions. We honor and defend the American principle of separation of church and state.
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