Abortion and the Church

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Abortion remains one of the most controversial issues of our day. Not even the religious community is unified on the issue. Our guests in this episode include members of the clergy who stand on different sides of the debate:

Pastor Patrick Hines, associate pastor at Grace Bible Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. He and his congregation support local pro-life women help centers, and advocate for the rights of unborn babies.

Reverend Anne Wrider, an Episcopal priest from Cincinnati, Ohio, who believes abortion is a woman’s right and choice. She doesn’t believe in telling her congregation what’s right or wrong. Instead, she looks to guide people in making ethical decisions for themselves using reason, tradition and scripture.

Father Jeff Kemper, a Catholic priest at St. John Parish in Harrison, Ohio. He emphasizes that all life is a gift from God and we’ve been given the important task to protect it.

Reverend Terris Tyson, associate pastor at United Church of Christ and a member of the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. She counsels women facing unexpected pregnancies and believes abortion should be an available consideration throughout pregnancy.

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