PA Clergy for Choice
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
- 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
- Elizabeth Perkins, Unitarian Church of the North Hills
- Rev. Dr. Anthony P. Johnson, Unitarian Church of Harrisburg
- Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart, Adjunct Faculty, Villanova University
- Rabbi Eric Cytryn, Bethel Temple, Harrisburg
- Michele Hamilton, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, State College
- Margaret D. Blough, Unitarian Church of 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
- Rabbi Jack P. Paskoff, Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, Lancaster
Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County, Reading
Rev. Dave Hunter, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Pottstown
Rev. Kevin W. Jagoe, BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Warrington
Rev. Dr. Vincent Kolb, 6th Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh
Rev. Kent Matthies, Unitarian Society of Germantown, Philadelphia
Rev. Dr. Neal Jones, Main Line Unitarian Church, Devon
Richard Williams, Director, Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network (UUPLAN) and member,
UU Congregation of Wyoming Valley, Wyoming
Rev. Joan M. Sabatino, Director of Legislative Affairs, Unitarian Universalist PA Legislative Advocacy Network (UUPLAN) and Minister Emerita, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana PA
Rev. Dr. Lavette R. Paige, Founder and CEO, The KING Community Center, Harrisburg
Rev. Kathryn Kuhn, Church of the Apostles, UCC, Lancaster
Rev Dr Karin Stork-Whitson, United Church of Christ, Mechanicsburg
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*This page was last updated on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Please check back for updates.*
Pennsylvania Religious Coalition for Reproductive Justice, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit
and an Affiliate of the national Religious Coalition for Reproductive Justice, Inc.