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A holiday tradition of more than 100 years is stirring up some controversy as one Dubuque, Iowa organization is encouraging its members not to donate to the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Campaign.

It all comes down to the controversial topic of abortion.

The Salvation Army says it believes that a termination of a pregnancy may be justified only when the pregnancy is threatening the mother's life, when medical professionals identify a fetal abnormality that would result in a baby's death very soon after birth and in cases of rape or incest.

Dubuque County Right to Life is a pro-life organization that believes under no circumstance is an abortion justifiable.

In its December newsletter, DCRTL encourages its members to "please consider dropping a note in the kettle rather than giving money to the Salvation Army Church."

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