Support for Reproductive Freedom Platform
The Church of St. Martin-In-The-Fields supports the Reproductive Freedom Platform for Philadelphia, a package of bills passed in City Council on December 15 designed to protect patients and providers and strengthen equal access to reproductive health care. We offer this support as an expression of our Vestry’s Statement of September 27, in which we resolved to lift our Christian voices in support of women’s right to make decisions about their reproductive health, including the right to abortion. In doing so, we rely on our baptismal vows to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every human being.
Our testimony, submitted to City Council on December 15, is as follows:
Dear Council Members Gauthier and Brooks,
I am writing on behalf of the Church of St. Martin-In-The-Fields, in Chestnut Hill, James H. Littrell, Interim Rector, and Barbara Thomson Previdi, Rector’s Warden. We are writing to express our support for the Reproductive Freedom Platform for Philadelphia. The Church of St. Martin-In-The-Fields, an Episcopal church, has expressed its strong support for the right of women to choose whether or not to terminate a pregnancy, in the following Statement adopted by its Vestry on September 27, 2022: