The letter below, signed by over 100 clergy from across the state of Florida, makes a strong religious case for voting against Amendment 6, a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution that would restrict a woman’s access to healthcare. It was released publicly on Thursday, October 25. See the list of signatories at http://bit.ly/OpenLetter6Final. For more resources from Faith Voices Against Amendment 6, a collaboration of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Catholics for Choice, National Council of Jewish Women, and the Vote No on 6 Campaign, see http://votenoon6.com/faith.
An Open Letter from Florida Religious Leaders to Florida Voters
Every Woman Deserves Compassion, Support, and Respect:
Vote NO on Amendment 6
We, the undersigned religious leaders from all across the state of Florida, urge you to vote NO on Amendment 6 this coming Election Day. Amendment 6 is an unnecessary and dangerous proposal that interferes with a woman’s ability to make important decisions about her own health. We believe that the decision to end a pregnancy is best left to a woman in consultation with her doctor, her family, and through discernment of her own faith tradition and practices.
Sadly, sometimes a pregnancy can go tragically wrong. Some pregnancies result in serious fetal abnormalities, while others may place a woman’s health or future fertility in danger. When this happens, a woman and her family deserve all the medically available options. Our religious values call us to offer compassion, support, and respect to a woman and her family in these trying times.
In the circumstances when a woman and her doctor make the decision to end a pregnancy, it is critically important that she have access to care that is safe and legal. Much to the contrary, Amendment 6 does not even include an exception to protect a woman’s health, which means that even a woman with cancer could be prevented from getting the healthcare she needs! By limiting or eliminating options, Amendment 6 represents a dangerous intrusion into the lives of women and families in Florida.
As religious leaders from diverse traditions across the state, we urge you to oppose this unnecessary and demeaning proposal. Our wives, sisters, mothers, daughters and friends deserve our compassion, support, and respect—not judgment and political interference.
Please vote NO on Amendment 6.
See the list of signatories at http://bit.ly/OpenLetter6Final.
For more resources from Faith Voices Against Amendment 6, a collaboration of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Catholics for Choice, National Council of Jewish Women, and the Vote No on 6 Campaign, see http://votenoon6.com/faith.