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Rita Carter with the United Methodist Church spoke against the amendment. She said the United Methodist Church sees life – including unborn life – as sacred.

But it also supports the legal option of abortion under proper medical procedures by certified medical providers.

While the United Methodist Church doesn’t support abortion as a contraceptive, or as a means of gender selection or eugenics, Hart said young women “disproportionately face situations in which they feel they have no choice due to financial, educational, relational or other circumstances beyond their control.”

“Our daughter, as a personal note, had an unplanned pregnancy when she was single and uh, due to uh financial and family support from us, decided to go ahead with her pregnancy,” Carter said. “But I am glad that she had the option of thinking of other options too.”