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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Thanks Religious Leaders for Decrying Congressional Attempt to Limit District’s Autonomy

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Thanks Religious Leaders for Decrying Congressional Attempt to Limit District’s Autonomy

Bill Would Ban Nearly All Abortions in the District after 20 Weeks

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today thanked a group of 38 District clergypersons who have endorsed an open letter to members of Congress asking them to reject H.R. 3803, known by its supporters as the “District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

The House is expected to vote on the bill this evening. It would ban all abortions, except those to save the mother’s life, after 20 weeks of pregnancy in the District. Sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), the bill contains no exceptions for the health of the mother or for victims of rape or incest – meaning it would be the nation’s most stringent abortion ban.

“I want to thank these clergy representatives for their public opposition to a bill that represents not only a gross violation of District women’s right to autonomy over their own bodies, but also a gross violation of our entire city’s autonomy over our own affairs,” Mayor Gray said. “Sadly, despite recent positive signs that some congressional leaders are willing to work with us to find ways to respect democracy for the residents of the nation’s capital, some members still want to use us as guinea pigs for their pet social causes.”

The letter was drafted by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and signed by DC faith leaders from Baptist, Episcopal, Methodist, Congregational, Unitarian, Catholic, Jewish and other traditions. In the letter, they said, “As religious leaders with a commitment to both women’s health and to serving the families of the District of Columbia, we view HR 3083 as a meddlesome and dangerous intrusion into the lives of women and families — as well as the governance — of our city."

 

A copy of the letter is attached.