Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

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The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) was founded in 1973[1] by clergy and lay leaders from mainline denominations and faith traditions to create an interfaith organization following the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the U.S.[2] In 1993, the original name - the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (RCAR) - was changed to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.[3]


  • President and CEO: The Reverend Harry F. Knox
  • Chair of the Board: The Reverend Dr. Alethea Smith-Withers, Pastor of the Pavilion of God (Baptist), Washington, DC
  • Chair of the Coalition Council, Kate Lannamann, J.D.

State affiliates[edit]

The state affiliates and state networks of the Religious Coalition are involved in advocacy, education, community service, and implementing RCRC programs such as Clergy for Choice, All Options Clergy Counseling, and Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom at the community and state level.[4]

Member organizations[edit]

Coalition Council Members:[5]


The pro-life group "Priests for Life"[6] published a 2003 book criticizing the theological basis for the RCRC's work, "Holy Abortion".[7]

The 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church directed two of its official bodies, the General Board of Church and Society and United Methodist Women, to end their membership in RCRC, because of RCRC's opposition to more pro-life aspects of the official UMC position on abortion. Earlier, other "mainline" denominations (the American Baptist Churches and the Northern Province of the Moravian Church) similarly severed their formal affiliation with RCRC. While the Methodist Federation for Social Action remains an RCRC member organization, this Federation is a caucus for a liberal faction within the denomination, and has no official role in leading or representing the United Methodist Church. In other words, this group of activists use "Methodist Federation for Social Action" but are not part of the United Methodist Church in any way. This activist group listed causes distress and loss of donations within the United Methodist Church due to supporting ALL abortion including the late-term killings repudiated in the Book Of Discipline. See [1][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice website,
  2. ^ Abortion in the United States
  3. ^ RCRC website "About" section, "History"
  4. ^ RCRC website "About" section, "Affiliates"
  5. ^ Coalition Council/ Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, "Coalition Council" Accessdate = 2013-10-25
  6. ^ Priests for Life website accessdate 2013-10-25
  7. ^ Gorman, Michael J. and Brooks, Ann Loar, "Holy Abortion", Wipf and Stock Publishers, Eugene, Oregon, 2003, 92pp.
  8. ^ Communications, United Methodist. "Social Principles: The Nurturing Community - The United Methodist Church". The United Methodist Church. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 

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