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United Methodist Bishop Defends 'Religious' Abortion Rights Coalition

'RCRC is funded primarily by left-wing foundations, while borrowing the credibility of mainline churches in order to slap a religious veneer on abortion rights extremism.' - UM Action Executive Director Mark Tooley

 

Contact: Loralei Coyle, 202-682-4131, 202-905-6852 cell, lcoyle@TheIRD.org; Radio Interviews: Jeff Walton, jwalton@TheIRD.org; both with the Institute on Religion and Democracy

 

WASHINGTON, April 15 /Christian Newswire/ -- San Francisco-area United Methodist Bishop Beverly Shamana, President of the church's Washington lobby office, is urging continued United Methodist membership in the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC).

 

Washington-based RCRC defends unrestricted abortion rights in the name of its denominational members. The Washington-based United Methodist Board of Church and Society and the New York-based United Methodist Women's Division both belong to RCRC.

 

Bishop Shamana was responding to numerous anti-RCRC petitions, including three from regional Methodist bodies, submitted to the United Methodist General Conference, which meets April 23-May 2 in Ft. Worth, Texas.

 

UM Action Executive Director Mark Tooley commented,

 

"RCRC claims that no unborn child ever deserves legal protection. Why would any "religious" group wish to endorse such an outlandish perspective?

 

"Bishop Shamana claims that 'God offers the freedom of choice to the human family.' On what Scripture or Christian tradition do she and other pro-RCRC church officials base their draconian and absolutist claims that no abortion anywhere should ever be restricted?

 

"RCRC is not a faith organization. It is a radical political lobby that advocates limitless abortion on demand. It is funded primarily by left-wing foundations, while borrowing the credibility of mainline churches in order to slap a religious veneer on abortion rights extremism."

 

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