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 As originally published in the Los Angeles Times Daily Pilot on Friday, October 28, 2022.

I am the pastor at Irvine United Congregational Church and a member of Clergy for Choice, and I work with Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Our organized group consists of faith leaders from various congregations who advocate for reproductive healthcare and education.

Despite the fact that most Californians and Americans in general support abortion rights, the United States Supreme Court earlier this year overturned a longstanding decision that protected the right to choose.

As someone who believes in religious freedom and the separation of church and state, I am particularly troubled that one religious perspective has been imposed upon others. It is more important than ever that Californians have a right to make decisions about their healthcare, the right to control their own bodies. These choices shouldn’t be based on politics, nor should they be based on someone else’s religious beliefs. Each person is entitled to their own beliefs and choices.

On the current General Election ballot, California voters are asked to approve a constitutional amendment to enshrine the right to an abortion in California with Proposition 1. Proposition 1 will protect access to abortion for the most vulnerable among us, including those who have been victims of rape or incest.

We need to ensure that those who need our help the most have the opportunity to receive the care that they deserve. Please join me and Clergy for Choice and vote “yes” on Proposition 1. The deadline to vote is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Rev. Dr. Sarah Halverson-Cano
Costa Mesa
Senior Pastor Irvine United Congregational Church
and 24 members of Orange County Clergy for Choice

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