A testimony delivered by Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith – Vice Chair of the Ohio RCRC Board – in opposition to Senate Bill 164, the Down syndrome abortion ban.
Over the weekend, the Ohio progressive community lost a dear friend all too soon to a tragic accident. Adrienne Gavula, 35, worked for the ACLU of Ohio and served as a steadfast board member, volunteer, and activist in the struggle for reproductive freedom.
I believe that restoration and redemption is possible. That hearts and minds can be transformed. That there is another way of being in this world. All I have to do is look in a mirror or reflect on Dr. Parker’s Life’s Work to know this to be true.
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).