YAD's testimony on The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) PDF Print E-mail

At this summer's "Breaking the Silence" Washington, D.C. summit on black sexuality, sponsored by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), speakers not only defended unrestricted abortion rights, but also encouraged the full acceptance of homosexuality by churches and the distribution of contraceptives to sexually active youngsters.* RCRC, formerly the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights, is an interfaith coalition of religious and quasi-religious bodies whose agenda in recent years has broadened to include issues of sexuality. Its agenda is at odds with PC(USA) constitutional standards, policy positions and recent General Assembly actions on youth sexuality. Nevertheless, this year's G.A. voted to continue denominational support of the organization.

One voice in the floor debate opposing support for RCRC came from a Youth Advisory Delegate (YAD), who found her reason in the scripture:

"RCRC does not accurately reflect the diversity of views expressed by those in the Presbyterian Church or church policy. I would like to read for you from Psalm 139:13-16:

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mothers womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

"These verses describe how God knows and cares for our children before they are born, and is just one of the reasons why I, and many others in the church, feel that abortion is wrong, and that it is only God's place to take a life.

"RCRC does not express these views, or the policy of the Presbyterian Church concerning abortion. RCRC represents only one side of the views that are present in the PC(USA), that side being 'pro-choice.' RCRC lobbies for unrestricted access to abortion, is against parental notification, and is against waiting periods. RCRC also lobbies for partial birth abortion, about which the PC(USA) has expressed 'grave moral concern.'

"The Presbyterian Church's funding of and membership in RCRC is unnecessary based on its failure to represent both sides of the issue and the PC(USA)'s policy."

*From a report on the summit by Mark Tooley and Holland Webb of the Institute on Religion and Democracy in Washington, D.C.



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