(UCC) – In the wake of new state legislation and Trump administration policies restricting the reproductive rights of women, a group of clergy and lay people attending the United Church of Christ’s General Synod traveled to a Milwaukee Planned Parenthood clinic after worship on Sunday to join its staff in a service of blessing and solidarity. The gathering reaffirmed the denomination’s long history of support for reproductive choice for women and for health care providers delivering the full range of services to their

women patients. The Rev. Traci Blackmon, a trained nurse and the UCC associate general minister of Justice and Local Church Ministries, assured the participating Planned Parenthood staff members that “the UCC stands with you.” Referring to the new restrictions, Blackmon asserted, “This is not about reproductive rights. This is about controlling women. This is not about saving lives. It’s about controlling women. It is not about children. It is about controlling women. If it were about children, we would have the same amount of energy at the border right now. If it was about children, we wouldn’t have children being hungry at night. READ MORE

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