Religious leaders are launching a “Week of Faith in Choice” in commemoration of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision legalizing abortion 25 years ago. “Thousands of American clergy and millions of religious Americans believe in a woman’s right to choose when and whether to have children,” said Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Gloria Feldt.
From January 16 to the 25th, clergy and congregations from a variety of faiths will hold ceremonies and demonstrations to support a woman’s right to choose. Theological discussions on the basis, ethics, and personal religious principles of choice are also expected. “‘A Week of Faith in Choice’ provides an opportunity for pro-choice religious Americans to gather as one and express their gratitude and support for a woman’s right to choose,” said Reverend Tom Davis, chair of the Planned Parenthood Clergy Advisory Board.
The Planned Parenthood Pro-Choice Religious Network, organizers of the “Week of Faith in Choice,” and clergy hope the event will remind the public that religious leaders have been supporters of the right to choose from the beginning. Clergy “have been long-time advocates for improved access to family planning services and for safe, legal abortion,” said Feldt.
In 1967 when abortion was illegal, clergy formed the Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion to provide information and support to women who needed safe abortions. In 1970 New York City clergy opened the first abortion clinic.