Working with denominational partners in theDisciples Justice Action Network (DJAN), Disciples for Choice advocates for greater support of religious and reproductive freedom by our congregations, regions, general units, and constituency groups.
Working with ecumenical and interfaith partners in the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), Disciples for Choice promotes the full range of options for decision-making in relation to reproductive health care. It also educates youth and adults in diverse ethnic and racial communities, providing them with resources for making responsible choices in relation to their sexuality and reproductive health.
The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice was founded in 1973 to safeguard the newly won constitutional right to abortion. The Coalition founders were clergy and lay leaders from mainstream religions, many of whom had provided women with referrals to safe abortion services before the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade. The founders believed that there would be at most a ten-year struggle to secure the right to choose. In fact the struggle is far from over. It has changed and intensified, and the stakes are growing.
While our members are religiously and theologically diverse, they are unified in the commitment to preserve reproductive choice as a basic part of religious liberty.
Our rational, healing perspective looks beyond the bitter abortion debate to seek solutions to pressing problems such as unintended pregnancy, the spread of HIV/AIDS, inadequate health care and health insurance, and the severe reduction in reproductive health care services. We support access to sex education, family planning and contraception, affordable child care and health care, and adoption services as well as safe, legal, abortion services, regardless of income. We work for public policies that ensure the medical, economic, and educational resources necessary for healthy families and communities that are equipped to nurture children in peace and love.