Read values on contraception, abortion, sex education, so-called "crisis pregnancy centers," and other issues important to women's health and rights. These statements also include reflections on current events affecting our communities.
The PPFA Clergy Advocacy Board strongly supports the availability of affordable birth control and government funding for family planning programs.
As clergy representing diverse denominations and faith traditions, we find common ground in our respect for a woman's ability to make her own personal health care decisions without political or government intrusion.
A woman should never feel ashamed or judged when making the deeply personal and often complex decision about whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy, or raise a child.
As clergy, we have a responsibility to remind our congregations, our communities, and our elected leaders that our religious traditions view the body and our physical world as a sacred arena in which God acts.
The PPFA Clergy Advocacy Board strongly opposes so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” because of the biased and often inaccurate and misleading information they provide to women seeking honest information about birth control and abortion.
In the strongest terms, this Clergy Advocacy Board condemns this gag rule for bringing politicians into the exam room, impairing access to truthful medical information, undermining the patient’s moral agency, harming the poor and those in need, and for blocking access to preventive health care, including contraception and safe and legal abortion.
As clergy leaders, we see the administration's egregious gag rule as yet another misguided attempt to impose one set of religious restriction into the private lives of Americans, to the detriment of women, families and the public health.
On November 27, 2015, a gunman opened fire at the Planned Parenthood health center in Colorado Springs, resulting in the senseless deaths of three people and injuries to nine others. The Clergy Advocacy Board offered an interfaith prayer in response to the violence.
As faith leaders committed to the core values of love, justice and compassion, our hearts broke at the news of the tragic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, 2015.
In the aftermath of the shooting in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016, we are committed to standing tall and proudly with LGBTQ people and their allies from all faith traditions to end homophobia and transphobia.
On the same day that the House of Representatives voted to deny millions of women access to care at Planned Parenthood health centers and further undermine Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump signed a sweeping executive order that further threatens women’s access to health care.