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AUSTIN, Texas — A small interfaith “blessing” ceremony was conducted at a Texas abortion facility on Tuesday to ask for “safety, healing and peace” for women who have abortions there, as well as the staff members who help provide them.
According to reports, the ceremony at Whole Woman’s Health involved 10 clergy members who walked through the facility, presenting prayers, rituals, poetry and music. The event was the effort of the Texas Freedom Network and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
“As people of faith, it’s not that we think we’re bringing God to this place; we believe God is already present in that space,” Amelia Fulbright of Labyrinth Progressive Student Ministry told the Huffington Post. “But it’s to ask for prayers of safety, healing and peace, to infuse the space with an energy that is life-giving for women, a lot of whom are in an anxious time.”
Katey Zeh, the interim director of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and a Baptist Minister, wrote about the ceremony for Religion News Service, asserting that “[r]eligious people can be pro-choice, not in spite of their faith but because of it.”
She noted that members of Presbyterian (USA), Episcopalian, Unitarian, United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ assemblies are among those who “affirm [those] considering all options,” including abortion.
“Because our prophetic teachings emphasize caring for our neighbors, progressive faith communities are called to respond to pregnant people with compassion and affirmation. We know
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