On the first Sunday in June, Rev. Darcy Baxter, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County, led more than 50 people in a vigil of support for staff and patients at the Planned Parenthood Mar Monte health center in Modesto that had been targeted in an arson attack a week earlier.
"For we people of faith, whose traditions call us to radical compassion even in the face of persecution, let us work together to create quality health care, child care, and education for all – not on attacking one of the few health care providers caring for the poorest among us."
Rev. Baxter joined several other local faith leaders who decried violence against the health center and championed the health care Planned Parenthood Mar Monte provides in the community, adding that “Planned Parenthood provides care to the poorest among us, to those who are on the edges.”