Nearly 30 Johnson County religious leaders are among dozens of signatories to a newly published letter urging a “No” vote on the Value Them Both abortion amendment that is on the August 2 primary ballot in Kansas.
What the letter says: The letter, organized by Kansans for Constitutional Freedom, the main group organizing opposition to the Value Them Both amendment, says the signers, representing a variety of Christian denominations and the Jewish faith, “must honor the freedom necessary for each woman to make the decision that is right for her.”
- The letter acknowledges “sincerely held religious beliefs on both sides of this complicated issue” but says that the signers “recognize and respect how many faiths — including many Christian denominations — support access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion.”
- The letter cites instances of rape and incest and life-threatening complications during pregnancy as among the reasons why pregnant people should be allowed to make “private medical decisions for themselves.”
- Overall, the letter contains the signatures of more than 60 religious leaders from across Kansas.
- Kansans for Constitutional Freedom has also produced a video ad in conjunction with the letter, featuring retired Presbyterian pastor Jay McKell of Overland Park.