Petition 81338

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Responsible Parenthood (81338-C2-R25)

Amend Resolution #25: Responsible Parenthood as follows:
    We affirm the principle of responsible parenthood...
    We therefore encourage our churches ...
    8.    make abortions available to women without regard to economic standards of sound medical practice, and make abortions available to women without regard to economic status.  This statement shall not be used to assert or imply that The United Methodist Church opposes any limits on the use of taxpayer funds for medically unnecessary abortions;
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Rationale

It is fundamentally inconsistent to claim to support choice on abortion while allowing no choice to those who because of their sincere moral convictions do not wish to pay for or otherwise participate in abortion.  Governments should respect the consciences of all citizens and use tax funds to promote life.