A Matter of Faith and Conscience
Pro-choice religions are among the most trusted institutions in the
United States. These traditions, with more than 20 million members in the
U.S., support reproductive choice as the most responsible position a religious
institution can take on this issue.
The Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ,
United Methodist Church, Unitarian Universalist Association, and Reform, Reconstructionist
and Conservative Judaism all have official statements in support of reproductive
choice as a matter of conscience, adopted by their governing bodies. Religious
and religiously affiliated organizations from these and other traditions and
independent religious organizations such as Catholics for Choice are members
of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. Members of the Coalition
do not necessarily agree on various issues but work together to keep reproductive
choice safe and legal and to improve family planning, contraception, sexuality
education, healthcare, prenatal and postnatal services, and other human services
that prevention unintended pregnancy, reduce the need for abortion, and reduce
the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Statement of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
As people of faith, we
seek a society that values human life and human dignity and honors individual
respect the value of potential human life while remaining firmly committed
to women as responsible, moral decision-makers.
believe the ability to make moral decisions—including about reproductive
issues—is the very basis of an individual's dignity.
seek to correct the conditions that underlie the high rate of unintended
pregnancy and abortion, through responsible sexuality education, affordable
family planning services, and high-quality, accessible medical care.
strive to make reproductive justice a reality by furthering the medical,
economic, and educational resources necessary for healthy children, families
will protect the right of individuals to follow their own religious views
in reproductive decisions and decisions about family formation.
October 10, 2008