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For whom the vows apply: Some Texas faith leaders work to combat the stigma religion often places on people seeking abortions

Female clergy say the state's new abortion restrictions fail to consider women's lives.

By Bekah McNeel
Reverend Erika Forbes at her home in Dallas on Nov. 22, 2021. After Senate Bill 8 went into effect, Forbes has provided support to those affected by escorting them to abortion clinics in the state, helping them find safe options outside of the state and with long phone calls to make them feel comforted in what can be a very frightening position. “What it essentially does is make it illegal for me to offer care and support. Even just listening to people or driving someone to a clinic — all of the things that I took a sacred vow to do way before SB 8 went into effect.”

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