A Proud History as a Voice of Conscience
Pro-choice clergy in New York form the Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion
to assist women seeking abortions to find safe services. The founder, Reverend
Howard Moody of Judson Memorial Church in New York, was an American Baptist
minister. Within a year, the clergy service had 1,400 members throughout the
Mainline 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).
RCAR adopts policy position on “conscience clauses,” stating publicly
funded healthcare institutions—unlike individuals—have no legal
right to refuse to provide abortion services.
Twenty-four religious organizations were members of RCAR. Affiliates were
active in eight states.
Women of Color Partnership established as a vehicle for active involvement,
as decision-makers, in the reproductive choice movement.
Interfaith service kicks off historic Washington, DC, march for women’s
equality and women’s lives.
Religious organizations and Women of Color Partnership file amici curiae briefs
in Supreme Court case Webster v. Reproductive Health Services.
RCAR opposes mandatory parental consent and notification legislation as coercive
and harmful to young women.
March for Women’s Lives draws unprecedented witness of public support
from top ranks of faith communities.
RCAR broadens its mission and changed its name to the Religious Coalition
for Reproductive Choice.
RCRC holds national conference, “Healing, Justice, and Renewal for Women,”
in Pensacola, Florida, where two doctors and a clinic escort were murdered.
RCRC convenes Faithful Witness for Choice convocations at both national political
National pro-choice leaders gather for Faithful Witness for Choice convocation
in Washington, DC.
RCRC begins its historic work to break the silence about sexuality issues
in African American faith communities with the first National Black Religious
Summit on Sexuality in Washington, DC.
MultiCultural Programs Department and Field Services Department are established,
signaling a new era of growth and expansion.
The Black Church Initiative is formed and launches “Keeping It Real!”
for African American youth.
Clergy Advisory Committee is formed to guide the growing Clergy for Choice
RCRC commissions its first national poll on religion and choice, finding widespread
support for decisions of conscience.
40 religious organizations join RCRC brief in Supreme Court case Stenberg
RCRC convenes interfaith convocations at both national political conventions.
Reproductive Freedom Leadership Forum held in Washington, DC.
RCRC Peaceful Presence counters Operation Save America in Wichita.
RCRC’s youth and young adult project, Spiritual Youth For Reproductive
Freedom, begins mobilizing religious pro-choice young people.
First Latino Summit on Sexuality convened.
RCRC receives UN accreditation.
South Africa Initiative launched in Cape Town, South Africa, to provide faith-based
education on preventing HIV/AIDS.
Seminarians for Choice formed.
30th anniversary celebrated throughout the year.
Washington D.C. legislative advocacy program begins.
Affiliate network grows to 25 affiliates in 22 states.
Massive religious presence mobilizes on April 25 for the March for Women's
First Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom (SYRF) Student Summit held.
Affiliate network grows to 27 affiliates in 24 states.
RCRC active at both Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
"Reproductive Healthcare in a Pluralistic Society" project is launched.
Call to Justice campaign begins, to expand religious pro-choice education
and advocacy on judicial and legislative issues.
RCRC actively opposes the nomination of John Roberts as Supreme Court Chief
Brief submitted to U.S. Supreme Court in Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of
Northern New England, endorsed by 41 religious and religiously affiliated
Interfaith Campaign for the Supreme Court brings clergy to Washington to lobby
against Alioto confirmation.
10th anniversary of National Black Religious Summit on Sexuality observed.
Second SYRF Student Summit held in June.
First Clergy Leadership Institute for Reproductive Justice held in September.
Pro-choice clergy help defeat South Dakota abortion ban. "Lift Every
Voice for Reproductive Justice" affirms religious pro-choice values in
connection with national election year.
RCRC's new Public Policy Department launches "People of Faith for REAL"
to mobilize support for Responsible Education About Life sexuality education
"In Good Conscience: Guidelines for the Ethical Provision of Health
Care in a Pluralistic Society" is released at a national news conference
Report is issued on "The Medical Right."
SYRF initiates Regional Training Institutes for youth activists.
RCRC conducts "Lift Every Voice for Reproductive Justice" program
for voter empowerment throughout national election year.
RCRC affiliate in Colorado helps defeat anti-choice constitutional amendment.
Pro-choice clergy in South Dakota assist in defeating an abortion ban for
the second election in a row.
Interfaith Outreach Department established as a major step forward in engaging
people of diverse faiths in the movement for social justice; two ministers
head up the department.
RCRC holds memorial service on June 9 for Dr. George Tiller, who was gunned down May 31, while ushering in his church in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. Tiller, who provided abortion care, had been targeted by extremists for many years. Scott Roeder was found guilty of first-degree murder and two counts of aggraved assault and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for 50 years.
Faith community advocates for maintaining current standard of reproductive health care in new health care law, the Affordable Care Act.
Thousands of people of faith in more than half the states take part in RCRC's Insure Women, Ensure Our Future campaign for insurance coverage of comprehensive reproductive health care in the new health care law.
RCRC National Black Church Initiative debunks bogus "genocide" charges against abortion providers.
Activists defeat "personhood" amendment in Mississippi that would give fertilized eggs legal standing equal to that of persons.
RCRC Board adopts reproductive justice mission as part of 3-year strategic plan.
Reverend Dr. Carlton W. Veazey retires as President and CEO after 14 years in which RCRC expanded its influence and developed new programs and services.