While the violence and hatred in Charlottesville was a shock to many of you, the last Facebook post of Heather Heyer – the young white woman who was terrorized by an Ohio man and subsequently killed during the protest – says it all: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”
In this new secular and faith-based partnership for reproductive rights, Ohio RCRC and NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio will work together to protect the moral and constitutional rights of all Ohioans.
Ohio RCRC's executive director: As a rape survivor and a committed Christian, I am deeply disturbed by Ohio Right to Life's recent decision to only endorse candidates that “hold a ‘pro-life’ position containing no exceptions to abortion stemming from rape or incest.” The decision to parent or not is a sacred decision and should remain personal and private.
In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, before Roe v. Wade, a collaborative of ministers and rabbis helped women find their way to 100,000 safe abortions. In this movement for reproductive health, rights, and justice, it will take all of us — clergy, people of faith, and people of conscience — to set straight the lawmakers in this building and let them know we will not go back to the days when women had to use passwords, and knock on gates, and be blindfolded and taken to a secret location to find a safe abortion
Ohio RCRC would like to welcome Hannah Ewald as our new intern for Summer 2016! Hannah is currently studying at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., where she is earning her Masters of Divinity. She recently graduated from Otterbein University in May of 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Peace and Social Justice Major.
It is a surprise to many that there exists an organization promoting ‘pro-choice’ religious views. Through education, advocacy, and counseling, the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice seeks to raise the voices of the faith community to ensure that all people can access the reproductive health care they need.
On Wednesday (March 30, 2016), during an appearance on MSNBC, Trump stated that woman who seek abortion should receive “some form of punishment” if the procedure is banned in the United States.
In response to this disturbing rhetoric, Ohio RCRC’s Executive Director Rev. Laura Young wrote a letter to the editor, which was published in the Columbus Dispatch on Friday (April 1, 2016).
"I’m here to make sure that ALL women have access to abortion services when they need them. And people of faith ARE pro-choice and they ARE voters," Rev. Laura Young told Cleveland.com on March 2, 2016.
Ohio RCRC's Executive Director, Rev. Laura Young, offered the invocation today for the opening session of the Ohio House of Representatives. She was invited to speak by Representative Nickie Antonio, a member of the Ohio House Progressive Caucus of Legislators, and the State Coordinator for the Women’s Legislative Lobby.