Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

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The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) is a pro-choice organization founded in 1973[1] by clergy and lay leaders from mainline denominations and faith traditions to create an interfaith organization following the 1973 U.S. 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]


RCRC has been criticized as advancing a "theology of choice" in "Holy Abortion," a 2003 book co-authored by Michael J. Gorman, a United Methodist and a professor at St. Mary's Seminary & University in Baltimore, Maryland.[6]

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. ^ Gorman, Michael J. and Brooks, Ann Loar, "Holy Abortion", Wipf and Stock Publishers, Eugene, Oregon, 2003, 92pp.

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