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Religious Leaders Call on CBS to Pull "Divisive" Ad

January 28, 2010

January 28, 2010DontSitontheSidelines The religious organizations listed below represent more than ten thousand religious leaders and tens of thousands of people of faithwho believe that abortion must be safe, legal, and accessible. We come together to ask CBS to pull a divisive anti-choice ad by Focus on the Family slated to be aired during the Super Bowl. We believe strongly that the Super Bowl is not the appropriate venue for pressing discussions about moral decisions. We are concerned that this ad will imply that a specific religious doctrine speaks for all people of faith in America about abortion, not recognizing that many religious denominations have passed policies in support of legalized abortion. No single religious voice can speak for all faith traditions on abortion, nor should television networks like CBS take sides on religious differences. We believe women must have the right to apply or reject the principles of their own faith in making the decision as to whether or not abortion is appropriate in their specific circumstances. Signed: Rev. Steven C. Baines Assistant Field Director for Religious Outreach Americans United for Separation of Church and State Rev. Dr. Ignanio Castuera National Chaplain Planned Parenthood Federation of America Rev. Robert Chase Founding Director Intersections International Rev. Steve Clapp President Christian Community, Inc. Rev. Dr. J. Bennett Guess Director of Communications United Church of Christ Rev. Debra W. Haffner Executive Director Religious Institute Harry Knox Director, Religion and Faith Program Human Rights Campaign Rev. Peter Laarman Executive Director Progressive Christians Uniting Rev. Barry W. Lynn Executive Director Americans United for the Separation of Church and State Rev. Jill K. McAllister President, Clergy Advisory Board Planned Parenthood Federation of America Rev. Carlton W. Veazey President and CEO Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice Bishop John L. Selders, Jr. President Interdenominational Conference of Liberation Congregations and Ministries Rabbi Dennis S. Ross, Director Concerned Clergy for Choice The Education Fund of Family Planning Advocates of New York State