OUR HISTORY


For more than 40 years, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) has been the sole organization bringing interfaith and multiracial voices to reproductive health, rights and justice issues.

Our member organizations represent diverse religions and theologies unified in preserving reproductive health, rights and justice as a basic principle of religious liberty and diversity.

RCRC's Origins

RCRC as it exists today evolved from an underground network of ministers and rabbis called the Clergy Consultation Service (CCS), formed in 1967, six years before the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalized abortion in the United States.

In response to the deaths and injuries of women caused by unsafe abortions, this group quietly referred women to abortion providers they had researched and found to be safe. Within one year, CCS drew 1,400 members nationwide.

Many of the clergy involved had also been active in the Civil Rights Movement. They actively connected their racial justice activism to their commitment to helping women and families gain access to safe abortions.

After the 1973 Roe decision, a new group grew out of CCS. This new group, the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (RCAR), existed to safeguard the newly won constitutional right to privacy in abortion decisions.

Since the Supreme Court’s ruling, 44 national religious organizations have worked to keep abortion safe and legal. In the 1980s, the Colorado branch of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice was founded to educate and mobilize the state’s religious community to create a public opinion climate that is conducive to pro-choice policy making, and that affirms women as moral decision makers.

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OUR PURPOSE


The purpose of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, active not only in Colorado but nationwide, is to ensure that every woman is free to make decisions about when to have children according to her own conscience and religious beliefs, without government interference. The Coalition’s primary role is educating the public to make clear that abortion can be a moral, ethical and religiously responsible decision.

Our religious coalition for reproductive rights works within several faith communities in Colorado to encourage and coordinate support for freedom of choice in the matter of abortion. We:

    • Provide speakers for churches, temples, civic groups and schools.
    • Provide workshops on the abortion issue.
    • Monitor legislative and court actions related to reproductive health care and provide information to supporters and the public.
    • Testify at the Colorado State Legislature.
    • Encourage religious community lobbying efforts of state and federal representatives.
    • Provide a variety of faith-based, clergy-led counseling. For details, click here.
    • Provide referrals to reliable reproductive health clinics. For details, click here.
    • Distribute literature and educational material.

Because women of color are disproportionately affected by restrictive laws and policies, the Coalition places particular emphasis on developing broad-based participation and leadership.


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OUR MISSION

The Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (CORCRC) is the primary religious voice for reproductive justice in the state. Reproductive Justice is the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, social, and economic well-being of women and girls, based on the full achievement and protection of women’s human rights.

The reproductive justice framework espouses the human right to have children, not to have children, to parent the children one has in healthy environments, to safeguard bodily autonomy, and to express one’s sexuality freely. We bring the moral power of religious communities to ensure reproductive justice through education, advocacy, and pastoral care.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

We support your right to have the personal and spiritual freedom to make the choice that is consistent with your religious and ethical beliefs and we believe in your ability to make decisions which are in keeping with God’s loving intention for your life.

We also support your need for free and confidential counseling within your own faith tradition.

We hold in high respect the value of potential human life. We do not take the question of abortion lightly. Because each denomination and faith group represented among us approaches the issue of abortion from the unique position of its own theology, members hold widely varying viewpoints as to when abortion is morally justified.

It is exactly this plurality of beliefs which leads us to the conviction that the abortion decision must remain with the individual, to be made on the basis of conscience and personal religious principals.


CORCRC VOICES


Volunteering for CORCRC was such an enriching experience for my life. So often our World tries to paint itself in black and white. CORCRC shows us the color and helps bridge the gap between each side of the conversation. It is incredibly important that we support and build more bridges in our communities. CORCRC offers us all an opportunity to be part of that construction.

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Devon James
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Thank you my second and great family. I was not sure to join in but eveything was so friendly and still is.

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