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BY REV. AMANDA HAMBRICK ASHCRAFT 

May 11, 2019

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Many states are passing harmful legislation seeking to negate and overrule Roe vs. Wade; denying women autonomy over their own bodies and lives.

Ohio’s Human Rights Protection Act, signed April 11th by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, is one passed recently by five other states that are inching ever closer to overturning the 1973 Roe vs Wade decision which recognizes a woman's right to an abortion.  Abhorrently, Ohio’s new law doesn’t grant exceptions even for rape and incest – exceptions favored by more than 70 percent of the population, the Chicago Tribune reports. Another Ohio bill considered for passing could kill women with ectopic pregnancies.  This recent spate of anti-abortion laws are spurred and given credibility by the President's misleading falsehoods about abortion and lose relationship with the truth.

"For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery."

Galatians 5:1

This is not a pro-life or pro-choice letter.  This is a pro-freedom letter. Do I encourage or celebrate killing any form of life? Of course not.  Do I encourage or celebrate a government telling anyone how to use their own body? Of course not.  

I am not sure how people of faith reconcile the freedom Christ desires for us with restrictive governmental laws (set in motion overwhelmingly by white CIS men), laws that not only affect women’s very bodies but the rest of their entire lives – should they continue living.  

Pledge to build an Ohio where reproductive health and safety are guaranteed by signing this pledge by NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.  

For freedom Christ has set us free.  It is when we are free that we begin to understand our responsibility to set ALL people free.  Free from patriarchal laws, free from the sins of racism and sexism, free from participating in practices and systems that kill children and babies every.single.day. in this country once they are OUT of the womb.  God, help us be free.  Help us understand that true freedom comes only from you.  Give us the ability to release ourselves from governing in ways that devalue and diminish the lives of women. We pray for a day when our elected officials reflect a moral consciousness that resembles something Holy and Just.  
Amen



 
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