They are calling it the Manhattan Declaration, a 4,700-word manifesto reaching into scripture and signed by 148 Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical leaders. It was released this afternoon at a press conference in Washington, D.C., and is designed to draw a line in the sand across three issues they argue are non-negotiable despite the law: the sanctity of human life, the institution of marriage as being between a man and woman, and religious freedom.
Signers of the Declaration pledge to "...not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide and euthanasia, or any other anti-life act," nor will signers "bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships" or "treat them as marriages." The list of backers reads like a who's who of the pro-life movement, and the document essentially argues that supporters of the movement deserve conscience rights.
What does noncompliance look like?
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