By Rabbi Rob Nosanchuk, Ohio RCRC Board Member
As a rabbi, my faith has shaped my record of advocacy for reproductive choice for all people. It encourages me to speak up against injustice. But it also prompts my gratitude and tremendous thanks to God for the compassion and courage of individual doctors, nurses, clinic escorts, and many others who make it possible for pregnant people to choose and receive safe, legal abortion care.
But this work is not for the faint of heart. In the face of threats and intimidation, abortion providers show up to work each day and sacrifice their own comfort and safety to care for people and their families. We applaud them for their selfless work and hope you will join us in thanking them.
To show our appreciation, Ohio RCRC will host Clinic Blessings in Columbus and Cleveland this fall. During this time, faith leaders and guests will gather together to ask for God’s blessing upon the abortion providers and staff and all those who pass through the clinic. In celebration and affirmation, we will also share interfaith blessings, prayers, and testimonies about receiving and providing abortion care.
Anti-abortion advocates do not have the monopoly on God or religion. That’s why I’m proud to serve on the board of Ohio RCRC and to stand with countless others to proclaim that accessing and providing abortions are good and holy decisions.