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A Directory of

CLERGY CONSULTATION SERVICES

on Problem Pregnancies

ARIZONA

(602) 967-4234 CALIFORNIA

(213) 737-7988 COLORADO

(303) 757-4442 CONNECTICUT

(203) 624-8646 ILLINOIS

Chicago (312) 667-6015
Peoria

(309) 673-8501 Urbana

(217) 352-1203 TOWA

(515) 282-1738 MASSACHUSETTS

(617) 527-7188 MICHIGAN

Detroit

(313) 964-0838 Grand Rapids (616) 454-2693 Lansing

(517) 332-6410 MISSOURI

(314) 449-0422 NEBRASKA

(402) 453-5314 NEW JERSEY

(201) 933-2937 NORTH CAROLINA

(919) 967-5333 OHIO

Cleveland (216) 229-7423
Dayton

(513) 278-6144 PENNSYLVANIA

(215) 923-5141 TENNESSEE

(615) 256-3441 TEXAS

(214) 691-1282 WISCONSIN

Madison

(608) 255-5868

Milwaukee (414) 352-4050 Women calling the above listings will be informed by a recording as to clergymen they may contact and next steps they should take.

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lem of illegal abortions. The liberalized laws tend to cause more rigidity and narrowness of interpretation, and, in any case, cannot cover all circumstances in which an abortion may be appropriate.

While there is wide variation in theological and scientific views as to when personal human life begins, a majority of experts as well as of the general population would probably agree that such life should not be interrupted during the last months of a normal pregnancy except for the most serious reasons (such as physical or mental health of the mother, abnormality of the fetus, incest, or rape). At the same time, an increasing number of persons find it difficult, if not impossible, to attribute anything more than the potentiality of human existence to the embryo in its early stages. A wise law will recognize these realities, repealing legal restrictions physician-performed abortions during the early months of pregnancy and permitting the physician to determine the applicability of more limited criteria thereafter. The right of physician or patient to refuse abortion on moral

medical grounds should in any case be respected.

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For these reasons, the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries calls for the repeal of all legal prohibitions of physician-performed abortions. This would take abortion out of the realm of penal law and make voluntary and medically safe abortions legally available to all women. Simultaneously we ask that adequate protection be given to "conscientious objectors" against abortion, including physicians, nurses, and prospective mothers.

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The Board calls upon the churches of the United Church of Christ and their members to involve themselves extensively

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The Coalition on National Priorities and Military Policy, with which the CCSA is affiliated, will hold a conference in Washington on March 31 and April 1 on conversion from defense production to non-military purposes.

The CCSA, UCBHM, and other church bodies are inviting church members to take part in Wednesdays in Washington to urge the end of the draft. The President's authority to force young men into the military services expires on July 1. He has asked that it be extended for two years. However, a Commission, headed by former Secretary of Defense Thomas S. Gates, has recommended that the draft be replaced by a volunteer army.

Persons planning a Washington visit, desiring to attend the Conference, or seeking more information, should write CCSA at 110 Maryland Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002.

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