Nearly 1,300 Religious Leaders Sign Historic Brief Urging Supreme Court to Preserve a Woman’s Right to Abortion

(Westport, Connecticut) — Yesterday, 17 religious organizations and almost 1300 religious leaders submitted a faith-based amicus brief in the Supreme Court case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole. This case challenges parts of Texas’s clinic shutdown law, known as H.B. 2, which imposes medically unnecessary, burdensome requirements on abortion providers and clinics. The Religious Institute and Just Texas coordinated faith leaders to join an amicus brief in support of abortion access.

The faith-based amicus brief demonstrates that religious leaders and people of faith in almost every religious denomination in the U.S. support access to legal abortion. These religious leaders understand that in order for women to exercise their moral agency, access to abortion services cannot be denied. The brief was signed by leaders of several religious denominations and seminary presidents as well as clergy from congregations across the U.S.

The amici religious leaders “urge the Court to preserve a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy in accordance with her own personal or religious conscience by rejecting Texas’s unduly burdensome restrictions on that right.”

The Rev. Debra W. Haffner, President of the Religious Institute, made the following statement:

“Millions of people of faith and religious leaders understand that abortion is a moral decision. The Texas measures that restrict access to abortion services are punitive and do nothing to promote moral decision-making. We call for the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate the Texas laws that by causing clinics to close will effectively result in coerced child bearing. It is immoral to deny women safe, legal, and accessible abortion services.

Religious leaders are available to discuss religious support for access to safe, affordable, and legal abortion. To schedule an interview, please call Rev. Debra W. Haffner at 203 222 0055 or email


The Religious Institute is a national multifaith organization that advocates for sexuality education, reproductive justice, and the full inclusion of women and LGBTQ people in faith communities and society. Its national network consists of more than 8500 religious leaders from more than 50 faith traditions.

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