[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]For more than 40 years, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) has been the sole organization bringing interfaith and multiracial voices to reproductive health, rights and justice issues.

Our member organizations represent diverse religions and theologies unified in preserving reproductive health, rights and justice as a basic principle of religious liberty and diversity.[/vc_column_text][dt_fancy_title title=”RCRC’s Origins” title_size=”h4″ title_color=”custom” separator_style=”thick” separator_color=”accent” custom_title_color=”#623393″][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text]RCRC as it exists today evolved from an underground network of ministers and rabbis called the Clergy Consultation Service (CCS), formed in 1967, six years before the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalized abortion in the United States.

In response to the deaths and injuries of women caused by unsafe abortions, this group quietly referred women to abortion providers they had researched and found to be safe. Within one year, CCS drew 1,400 members nationwide.

Many of the clergy involved had also been active in the Civil Rights Movement. They actively connected their racial justice activism to their commitment to helping women and families gain access to safe abortions.

After the 1973 Roe decision, a new group grew out of CCS. This new group, the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (RCAR), existed to safeguard the newly won constitutional right to privacy in abortion decisions.[/vc_column_text][dt_fancy_title title=”Diversity, Intersectionality and Reproductive Justice” title_size=”h4″ title_color=”custom” separator_style=”thick” separator_color=”accent” custom_title_color=”#623393″][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text]As RCAR and later as RCRC, this organization has unified not only people of different faiths, but also people of different races and ethnicities to advocate on reproductive issues.

In 1984, RCAR created the Women of Color Partnership Program (WCPP), which throughout the ‘80s collaborated with other groups such as the Black Women’s Health Project, the National Organization for Women’s Women of Color Program, the American Civil Liberties Union Reproductive Freedom Project, the National Abortion Rights Action League and Planned Parenthood.

In 1989 Patricia Tyson, director of RCAR, signed on to the “We Remember” statement organized by Donna Brazile, then executive director of the National Political Congress of Black Women. The statement expressed Black women’s deep opposition to public policies controlling their reproductive lives, policies rooted in the oppression of black women since the days of slavery.

In 1990, RCAR co-sponsored a meeting of more than 30 Native American women representing more than 11 nations from the northern plains. The Agenda for Native Women’s Reproductive Rights was forged at that meeting.

Women of color have taken many important roles in the history of this organization which recognizes that restrictions on reproductive freedom disproportionately target poor women and women of color across our spiritual and faith traditions.

When the “We Remember” brochure was republished in 1994, three women of color, all in leadership at both RCRC and WCPP — Rev. Alma Faith Crawford, Mary Jane Patterson and Beverly Hunter — signed on to it.

In 1993, RCAR broadened its mission to include related issues of reproductive health and justice. The reproductive justice movement sees intersectional challenges to women’s reproductive lives. It recognizes power inequities inherent in our society’s institutions, environment, economics and culture.

We stand in solidarity with the reproductive justice movement and a broad based human rights agenda that focuses on the most marginalized among us. RCRC endorses public policies that ensure the medical, economic and educational resources necessary for healthy families and communities equipped to nurture children in healthy, safe environments.

In 1994, RCAR renamed itself the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, reflecting the diversity of faith traditions the organization represents.

Since then, controversies over issues of sex, sexuality, reproductive health and reproductive freedom have grown and intensified. RCRC’s activities have expanded in response.[/vc_column_text][dt_fancy_title title=”What We Stand For” title_size=”h4″ title_color=”custom” separator_style=”thick” separator_color=”accent” custom_title_color=”#623393″][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text]Beliefs about compassion and love central to all faiths motivate RCRC to advocate for reproductive freedom.

We support every person’s right to self-determination over their own bodies and reproductive lives. We also support access to sex education, family planning and contraception; affordable child care and health care; adoption services; adequate reproductive and general health care services and adequate insurance coverage for these services.

Based on our religious beliefs and our commitment to reproductive justice, we also champion a range of issues that impact families, family formation and the health and well being of communities. This means that our work deeply recognizes the ways in which reproductive justice links to LGBTQ issues, immigration, environmental, racial and economic justice.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][dt_fancy_title title=”Our Record of Advocacy Action” title_size=”h4″ title_color=”custom” separator_style=”thick” separator_color=”accent” custom_title_color=”#623393″][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text]Over the years, the RCRC community has expressed the views of denominations of Christians, Jews, Muslims and others nationally and through grassroots state affiliates. Our past activities have included:

[/vc_column_text][dt_fancy_title title=”Our History of Educational and Pastoral Outreach” title_size=”h4″ title_color=”custom” separator_style=”thick” separator_color=”accent” custom_title_color=”#623393″][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text]RCRC has also worked to unite pastors and theologians to break the stigma of abortion and the silence about sex and sexuality in religious communities. Among our achievements are:

Today, the RCRC community represents a range of faith traditions. Together we are finding new ways to bring faith-based views into public debate that has been dominated by the religious right.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”1″ margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”0″ padding_top=”55″ padding_bottom=”55″ bg_repeat=”repeat” full_width_padding_left=”40″ full_width_padding_right=”40″ full_width_margin_top=”0″ full_width_margin_bottom=”0″ css=”.vc_custom_1477256289586{margin-bottom: 55px !important;}”][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-12 vc_col-md-12 vc_hidden-sm vc_hidden-xs”][vc_column_text]

RCRC’s Clergy and Laypeople Proudly Support:

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