Two clergy groups campaigning for voter approval of Question 6

October 28, 1992|By Sandy Banisky | Sandy Banisky,Staff Writer

Two clergy groups, representing an array of religious organizations, yesterday urged approval of Question 6, the new abortion law on Maryland's ballot next Tuesday.

At a downtown news conference, members of the Maryland Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights -- representing 23 Christian and Jewish groups -- urged voters to approve the new law, which would allow abortion without government interference early in pregnancy.

The Rev. Thomas Culbertson, rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, said, "It is, in the last analysis, the woman who has the right to decide about terminating a pregnancy."

Rabbi Mark Loeb, of the Beth El Congregation, said that "we Jews continue to believe that, in a pluralistic society, government should grant latitude to its citizens to live out their own faith commitments without civic interference. For these and other reasons, Maryland's Jews will overwhelmingly support Question 6."

Trisha Rubacky, representing Catholics for a Free Choice, protested abortion opponents' collecting campaign funds during Mass, calling it "undue pressure."

In West Baltimore, about 70 members of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, which includes clergy from some of the area's largest congregations, gathered to urge votes for the Clinton-Gore ticket and for Question 6.

The ministers pledged to take their political message to the pulpits this Sunday and will leaflet their congregations.

The predominantly black minister's alliance, which represents a cross section of faiths in Baltimore -- including Catholic, Methodist, African Methodist Episcopal, Pentecostal and Baptist -- voted to support Question 6. The group said, "We are for a woman's right to choose -- not for male determinism."

Other religious groups have taken stands against the law. Catholic churches are urging members to vote no on Election Day. And last month several Protestant clergy gathered in Annapolis to oppose the measure.

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