We, clergy and religious leaders from across Pennsylvania, support a person’s ability to access a full range of reproductive health services, including safe and legal abortion.
As leaders of various faith communities, we have ministered to thousands of women and their families. Many of these people find themselves faced with the decision to have an abortion, and one in four will decide to end a pregnancy at some point in their lives.
These women are our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends, and our peers. As people of faith and as Pennsylvanians, we believe in loving our neighbors and treating one another as we would like to be treated — with compassion, dignity, and respect. This means recognizing that the decision to have an abortion is deeply personal and should be left to a woman, her family, and her doctor.
As such, the decision to have an abortion should not be restricted by elected officials. We also oppose the enshrinement of any faith strictures as public policy. We value real religious liberty, which upholds the right of all persons to make their own faith- or conscience-based healthcare decisions.
We recognize there is a diversity of views in the faith community. Indeed, not everyone in our own congregations or denominations agrees on this complex issue. But as leaders, we are called to declare our support for a person's ability to access abortion, contraception, and other reproductive healthcare services.
Our religious principles are grounded in love and acceptance of all people, and we believe deeply that means ending the shame and stigma associated with abortion and increasing access for all people to access a full range of reproductive healthcare options.
It is time to #StopTheBans and to end all attempts to have government interfere in private medical decisions about abortion, leaving them in the capable hands of women.
These signatures represent the position of the individual clergy and religious leaders who have signed on in support. The congregations and/or organizations listed are for identification purposes only.
- Rabbi Dr. Audrey R. Korotkin, Temple Beth Israel, Altoona
- Rev. Dr. Marvin A. Marsh, Central Baptist Church, Wayne
- Chaplain James L Cavenaugh, Unitarian Church of Harrisburg
- Rev. Dr. Barbara Coeyman, Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster
- Osho Andrea Minick Rudolph, Oryoki Zendo, Camp Hill
- Barbara Pearce, Unitarian Church of Harrisburg
- Rabbi Carl Choper, President, The Interfaith Alliance of Pennsylvania
- Rev. Beverly Dale, United Christian Church of Levittown.
- Rev. Dr. Anthony P. Johnson, Unitarian Church of Harrisburg
- Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart, Adjunct Faculty, Villanova University
- Rabbi Eric Cytryn, Bethel Temple, Harrisburg
- Rev. Dr. John Fordon, Unitarian Universalist clergy, retired
- Rev. Sandra Strauss, Market Square Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg
- Reverend Aija Simpson, Minister, Unitarian Universalists of the Cumberland Valley
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