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Religious Leaders Bless Texas Abortion Clinic: 'We Support You and the Work That You're Doing'

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In recent years, some religious leaders have worked to appease the ideology promoted by abortion activists, but it seems a few are going as far as blessing abortion clinics in person.

Clergy members in Austin, Texas, traveled to a local abortion clinic on Tuesday, where they offered “words of solidarity, compassion and love for those who work in the clinic and those who receive its care,” according to The Blaze.

On the Whole Woman’s Health Alliance Facebook page, the group detailed the interaction by these religious leaders — made up of Christians, Jews and others — saying words of encouragement were offered up by all.

WWHA mentioned that the time spent with clergy was “complete with ritual, poetry, singing and insight.” The abortion organization expressed their desire to “break away from the perception that religious communities are opposed to abortion.”

Pictures of religious leaders praying together and performing varying rituals throughout the abortion clinic were included in WWHA’s post.

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Rev. Amelia Fulbright, an Austin campus minister, was one of the individuals who attended the gathering. In an interview with HuffPost, the reverend said she fully supports the objective of the abortion clinic.

“The first and foremost goal was to say that we support you and the work that you’re doing, especially in a state where you’re constantly having to meet new regulations or deal with critics and protesters,” Fulbright said.

Fulbright said that she believes God is already present and wanted to add “life-giving” energy to the facility.

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“As people of faith, it’s not that we think we’re bringing God to this place; we believe God is already present in that space,” she said. “But it’s to ask for prayers of safety, healing and peace, to infuse the space with an energy that is life-giving for women, a lot of whom are in an anxious time.”

In addition, Fulbright noted that she was able to breastfeed her 4-month-old at the clinic, saying that her ability to do so without objection from the staff made this abortion clinic a “life-affirming space” in her mind.

I shouldn’t have to point out the irony of that comment.

Ultimately, no amount of religious blessing is going to come close to outweighing the atrocities committed in that facility on a daily basis. Those church leaders don’t seem to have a clear grasp on when life begins, nor what their own religious texts say.

Life does not begin after birth. Life does not begin in the birth canal. Life does not begin when the unborn child can feel pain. Life only begins at conception — there is no other time that life can reasonably begin.

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Christian and Jewish religious leaders who affirm abortion clinics can be easily refuted, as King David himself admired God’s handiwork in creating life.

Psalms 139:13-14 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Flaws and all, I am fearfully and wonderfully made and so are you. I will never stop advocating that unborn children be given their God-given right to life — because all of us were once in their tiny shoes.

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Ryan Ledendecker is a freelance journalist and writer. He began reporting news and writing commentary during the 2014 Ferguson riots. Prior to that, he worked as a web editor and columnist for an award-winning local newspaper.
Ryan Ledendecker plunged headfirst into news reporting and political commentary while on the ground during the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. He later wrote extensively on Donald Trump's presidential campaign and election.

When he's not writing, Ryan spends time improving his barbecue skills. He has his own brand of BBQ rub and is a trophy winner in the world of competitive BBQ.
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