Out of RCRC

The General Board of Church and Society and the Women’s Division of The United Methodist Church have been affiliated with the Religious Coalition of Reproductive Choice (RCRC) since 1973. Despite claims to the contrary, there is no evidence that their affiliation has ever moderated the zealous abortion-rights positions advocated by RCRC.

• RCRC calls work done by clinics that provide abortions “sacred work,” “holy work,” and “God’s work.” (RCRC website, “Prayerfully Pro-Choice: Resources for Worship”)

The United Methodist Church: “Our belief in the sanctity of unborn human life makes us reluctant to approve abortion.” (Book of Discipline, Para 161J)

RCRC repeatedly lobbied legislators and the United States Supreme Court against any attempt to limit the practice known as “partial-birth abortion.”  They denounced the federal ban of it as “devastating.” (RCRC website, “Supreme Court Decision A Devastating Setback”)

The United Methodist Church: “We oppose the use of late term abortion know as…(partial-birth abortion) and call for the end of this practice…” (with rare exceptions). (Book of Discipline, Para 161J)

• RCRC “oppose(s) all legislation” requiring parents to be notified before young girls have an abortion. (RCRC website, “FAQ: Doesn’t mandatory parental notification protect girls?”)

The United Methodist Church “support(s) parental, guardian, or other responsible adult notification and consent before abortions can be performed on girls who have not yet reached the age of legal adulthood.” (Book of Discipline, Para 161J)

In addition to approving the petition removing our membership from RCRC, we urge delegates to also approve petition #20988 (“Delete Resolution”), which would delete from our Book of Resolutions a resolution that endorses the work of RCRC.