Clergy Call For More Funding For Women’s Health In Texas

AUSTIN (March 4, 2013)—More than 300 members of the clergy from Methodist, Buddhist, Presbyterian, Jewish, Baptist and Unitarian congregations lobbied state lawmakers Tuesday in Austin, asking for more spending on birth control programs.

They said poor women in particular need government-funded contraception.

Speakers at a press conference said that too often people use religion to oppose allowing women to control their reproductive systems.

Pastor Larry Bethune of the University Baptist Church in Austin said the faithful want women to be healthy and to make healthy choices.

The Legislature cut funding for women's health programs in 2011.

Republican lawmakers are talking about restoring some of the funding, but routing it through primary care doctors rather than dedicated women's health clinics.

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