United Methodist Agency Member Organizations
Organizations may be endorsing members or, if they wish to participate in
the governance of the Religious Coalition, full members. Organizations
participate in the Religious Coalition through designated representatives,
who comprise the Coalition Council.The
The Religious Coalition is a non-profit, non-partisan education and advocacy
organization of religious and religiously affiliated groups working together
to preserve the individual’s right to reproductive choice, free from
government interference or coercion, and religious freedom for all
While theologically diverse, Religious Coalition members are unified in
their commitment to safeguarding reproductive choice as an element of
religious liberty and appreciate the opportunity to consult and work
together on issues of common interest.
Coalition membership does not require or imply conformity to all the actions
and initiatives of the Coalition. Each denomination and group is free to
express its own opinions and beliefs on any topic. However, the member
groups appreciate and support the value of working together for shared
values of justice, tolerance, and religious freedom.
For information on organizational membership, please contact
United Methodist Church
General Board of Church
and Society, United Methodist Church
General Board of
Global Ministries, Women’s Division, United Methodist Church
"In 1973, Roe V. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case, ruled that a woman’s
reproductive decisions are a matter of personal privacy, protected by the
constitution. This decision was built upon a series of earlier cases that
affirmed non-procreative sexual relations to be equally valid and sacred
expressions of human sexuality. Subsequently, if sex serves purposes beyond
reproduction, then a woman has the legal right to both prevent and interrupt
Source: "Access to Abortion Care," Religious Coalition for Reproductive
(10/02/12) "As I begin my new duties as President and CEO of the
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), I am trying to keep
Deuteronomy 16:20 constantly before me. It seems a good practice, not only
spiritually and personally, but also because RCRC recently adopted a policy
that calls for all of its future programming to be carried out within a
framework of 'reproductive justice.'”
"A call to reproductive justice," by Rev. Harry Knox, CEO of RCRC,
9/18/12, accessed 9/25/12
(08/07/12) The new 2012 Social Principles
paragraph on abortion is available to read on the "We Affirm" thread
of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) website.
website thread, "We Affirm." Scroll down to "United Methodist
Church, 2012." . Accessed 8/6/12.
support of partial-birth abortion is demonstrated by their Gonzales v. Carhart amicus brief before the United States Supreme Court, dated
September 20, 2006.
RCRC amicus brief, Gonzales v. Carhart, accessed 6/24/12.
(06/19/12) The General
Board of Church and Society and the General Board of Global Ministries,
Women’s Division, are member organizations of the Religious Coalition
for Reproductive Choice.
www.rcrc.org/about/members.cfm, accessed 6/19/12.
Protestant and Jewish leaders meet at the United Methodist Building in
Washington , DC , to discuss the Roman Catholic Church’s pledge to
overturn the new U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. This meeting,
called by the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, leads to the
formation of the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (RCAR).”
www.rcrc.org/about/history.cfm , accessed 6/4/12.
(06/05/12) Prior to
May, 2012, RCRC’s mission statement read, “The Religious Coalition for
Reproductive Choice was founded in 1973 to safeguard the newly won
constitutional right to abortion” (emphasis added). A paper copy of this
statement is available upon request from the Lifewatch office.
Today, that same mission statement reads, “RCRC was
founded in 1973 to safeguard the newly won constitutional right to
privacy in decisions about abortion.”
www.rcrc.org/about/index.cfm , accessed 6/4/12.
Lifewatch Objects to UMC's
Lack of Action on RCRC
Contact: Rev. Paul T. Stallsworth, President/Editor,
TAMPA, May 14, 2012 /Christian
Newswire/ -- The United Methodist Church's General
Conference, the policy-making body for the 12-million-member global
denomination, ended May 4 in Tampa, FL without considering important
proposals related to the denomination's ongoing affiliation with the
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC). General Conference
meets only every four years.
The Reverend Paul T. Stallsworth, pastor of St. Peter's United
Methodist Church (Morehead City, NC) and president/editor of Lifewatch (www.lifewatch.org),
"It was a real disappointment to see our denomination's General
Conference managed in such a way that delegates were not given the
opportunity to deliberate and decide on proposals related to life and
death. MANAGED is the word. For it seems that decisions were made, by
a few, that prevented the conference from dealing with RCRC and some
other life issues. Remember that before anti-RCRC legislation was
ignored by the entire conference, it had passed a legislative
sub-committee and a legislative committee.
"It is especially disturbing that the clock was run out on these
matters -- when there seemed to be plenty of time for the conference
to grapple with the important matters of restructuring The United
Methodist Church and the church's teaching on homosexuality. Greater
justice and mercy, to the unborn child and mother, is delayed and
denied for another four years.
"Yes, we will have to wait another four years. During that time,
church members and friends will be harmed by the practice of abortion,
and others will leave our denomination out of the discouragement that
affiliation with RCRC brings many United Methodists. The Religious
Coalition for Reproductive Choice will continue to use and abuse our
church's name to advance its pro-choice political agenda. And our
denomination's blank-check endorsement of RCRC's false and harmful
teaching -- that the abortion of unborn children, who are created in
God's image, is 'God's work' and 'holy work' -- will remain.
"But over the next four years, Lifewatch will not be silent. For we
trust, we know, that '[t]ruth is most powerful, and will ultimately
prevail.' That is especially true when we identify Jesus Christ, the
Lord of Life, as the truth."
(05/08/12) 2012 General
Conference Report: For the first time ever, legislation to sever United
Methodist ties to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC)
passed out of the Church & Society committee by a majority vote of 42 –
32 on Saturday, April 28, the last day of committee meetings. With a
full week of plenary sessions ahead, odds appeared good for passage.
Unfortunately, the May 4 adjournment arrived without consideration of
the RCRC legislation. A last-minute attempt by a young female delegate
to have the legislation brought to the floor for debate at 10:15 pm on
Friday evening failed when only 48% of delegates voted for the motion.
(A motion to change the agenda required a 2/3 majority.) The vote likely
reflected a desire to go home rather than a rejection of the petition.
Therefore, the General Board of Church & Society and the Women’s
Division/UMW will remain members of RCRC for another four years, and we
will need to repeat the entire process at the 2016 General Conference in
Source: Cindy Evans,
Lifewatch Administrator and observer of the entire 2012 General