Episcopal Journal

Family Treasures

by Peter Levenstrong Family heirlooms are a funny thing. Sometimes they’re precious, beautiful, and full of meaning. Other times they’re the sort of thing you keep hidden away, not wanting to share that part of your family history with just any visitor. Sometimes they’re both. In my family, one of the heirlooms that exemplifies this …

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Those of us who defend abortion rights are deeply concerned for the dignity of women

By Lynn Shuler Teague

One of the many things I value about the Episcopal Church is its official position that women should have moral agency in the difficult issue of abortion. The teachings of our Church tell us that abortion is not to be used for “mere convenience” or as a substitute for birth control. However, the Church affirms the dignity and bodily autonomy of those who are pregnant and clearly opposes legislation to prohibit abortion.