United Methodist Women and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
What is the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice?
The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) is the national community of religious and spiritual people, denominations and organizations from all faith traditions working together for ethical and responsible policies, laws and resources that make reproductive health care and rights accessible to all.
Do United Methodist funds go toward RCRC?
No. Neither United Methodist Women nor General Board of Church & Society donates any funds to support RCRC.
Do we really need to be in this organization?
Women of faith need to be at the table when reproductive issues are discussed. RCRC is the only faith-based organization addressing reproductive justice.
In October 2008, the Women’s Division passed Reproductive Freedom For All Women, stating, “The Women’s Division and United Methodist Women reaffirm our strong support for reproductive health and freedom for all women, both in the United States and around the world, as part of its historic focus on women’s health and one of The United Methodist Church’s new quadrennial foci which is ‘improving health globally.’”
Our United Methodist Church presence has influenced the work of RCRC. It has broadened its mission to include a wider range of reproductive justice programs largely due to United Methodist voices.
So, we agree with every position this organization takes now?
No two faith groups have exactly the same point of view, but we affirm the need for morally informed choices. United Methodist Women brings the particular voice of our organization in accordance with the Social Principles.
Banning abortion would result in fewer maternal death.
This is false. Without abortion as a legal option, maternal deaths rise because women in desperation seek unsafe medical procedures.
Because United Methodist Women is concerned about the health and wellbeing of women (mothers), “we support the legal option of abortion under proper medical procedures” within the parameters as stated in the Social Principles (161.J).
Is it true that RCRC only wants to expand access to abortions?
No. Other RCRC programs bring a more comprehensive response to reproductive issues in the church. United Methodists have benefitted from clergy trainings, pregnancy preventative education and reproductive health awareness programs.
Does RCRC only impact the United States?
While RCRC is a U.S.-based coalition, it is a model for how other regions of the world can create faith coalitions to address reproductive issues that affect women everywhere.