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Groveland Unitarian Universalist Congregation

I want to thank the Groveland UU group for inviting me to present information today from my book What Should I Do? It was an inquisitive group with excellent questions and comments. Leticia Smith moderated the discussion.

We explored the effect of the 2022 Supreme Court decision of Dobbs v. Jackson. Access to safe abortion in our country has been significantly restricted since this decision. The reality is that freedom of religion in our country has also been significantly restricted. The rights of many women in our country have been diminished by this action.

While I respect that members of the anti-abortion movement believe it is wrong for them and others to consider abortion in an unintended pregnancy, I do not believe that they have the right to force their beliefs on those of us who believe differently. I am Christian. The God that I know and love does not think that all abortions are wrong. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that all abortions are wrong. The "right-to-lifers" who believe that God says all abortions are wrong have the right to believe that for themselves. They do not have the right to force that belief on all.

Do we have freedom of religion (including freedom from religion), or do we have a state supported religion that says only some faiths are acceptable?

If you question how I come to this conclusion, please see my book for the specifics.



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