To issue the inhibition, Jefferts Schori needed, in accordance with Title IV, Canon 9, Sec. 1, the consent of the three senior bishops of the church with jurisdiction (as opposed to being retired or not in diocesan seats). She noted in the inhibition that Leo Frade of Southeast Florida, Peter Lee of Virginia, and Don Wimberly of Texas gave their consents November 20.
These three could not be described as the most left leaning Bishops in the Episcopal Church. This is exactly the purpose of the abandonment canon and it was used properly.