Group of Progressive Christian Leaders Gather to ‘Bless’ Texas Abortion Clinic

Clergy gather to pray before blessing the Whole Woman’s Health clinic in Austin, Texas, on July 9, 2019. Photo by Jordan Steyer/Texas Freedom Network

Nearly a dozen religious leaders representing faiths including Christianity and Judaism gathered at a Texas abortion clinic Tuesday to “bless” it and declare their support.

The gathering inside Whole Woman’s Health of Austin included prayer, music and even poetry. The leaders – both men and women – stood in a circle and held hands to pray. They conducted a prayerful walk throughout the clinic, too.

It was sponsored by Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Texas Freedom Network and Whole Woman’s Health.

“The first and foremost goal was to say that we support you and the work that you’re doing, especially in a state where you’re constantly having to meet new regulations or deal with critics and protesters,” Amelia Fulbright, a campus minister in Austin, told HuffPost. She is the founding minister and executive director of Labyrinth Progressive Student Ministry, an ecumenical Christian community at the University of Texas.

“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,” Fulbright said. “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 executive director of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, said she supports “women making reproductive decisions according to their own conscience.”

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Source: Christian Headlines