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Don’t sign the Constitutional Initiative 102 petition.

Our Constitution, the First Amendment, says, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Montana’s Constitution Article II Sec. 5. is identical.

CI 102 attempts to define that life begins at conception by writing a theological concept into law. Its effect would prohibit abortion in all cases, and ban the use of many forms of birth control. It runs afoul of church-state separation because it relies on one particular religious doctrine in declaring that life begins at the moment of fertilization.

It is so strict that it would prohibit abortions in all circumstances, even in the cases of rape, incest, or a woman’s life at risk. It violates the rights of Montanans who adopt different religious doctrines of when human life begins.

CI 102 violates church-state separation by allowing the government to favor a particular religious belief over others. It enshrines into law a particular religious doctrine of when life begins. Theological teachings cannot be the basis of legislation without running afoul of the Constitution of Montana and America.

Vern Klingman,

Billings

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