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The Clergy Advocacy Board is comprised of diverse faith leaders from all over the nation. They represent myriad cultural backgrounds, races, theological viewpoints and perspectives.

Statement of Beliefs

  • We believe that clergy have a special responsibility to bear witness in support of reproductive rights so that the public and their elected representatives may understand the theological and moral basis for reproductive rights.

  • We believe that family planning and responsible sex education are the most effective methods of reducing the need for abortion. Clergy must help parents reach and teach their children by providing medically accurate and age-appropriate sex education in their congregations and in their local communities and schools.

  • We believe that both men and women have an inherent right to reproductive freedom, that this freedom includes the right to abortion, and that abortion is a complex moral and ethical issue that cannot be resolved by solutions that are simplistic or cruel.

  • We believe that ultimately the decision about abortion is a matter between a woman, her conscience, and/or her God, and that those close to her should offer support in any way they can.


Clergy Advocacy Board Members

Rabbi Jon Adland (OH)
Reform Jewish

Rev. David A. Ames (RI)

Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock (TX)
Christian Church Disciples of Christ

Rev Dr. Gawain F. de Leeuw (NY)

Rev. Marci Auld Glass (ID)

Rev. Neichelle R. Guidry (IL)

Sara Hutchinson Ratcliffe (DC)

Rev Dr. Daniel Kanter, CAB Chair (TX)

Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg (WA)
Reform Jewish

Rev. Craig Loya (NE)

Rev Dr. Marvin A Marsh (PA)
American Baptist

Rev Janet Maykus (IN)
Christian Church DOC

Rev. Rod Perdue (AK)
Southern Baptist

Rev Darcy Roake (Louisiana)
Unitarian Universalist

Rev Susan Russell (California)

Dr. Scott Sattler (CA)
Universal Sufism

Rev Madison T. Shockley II (CA)
United Church of Christ

Rabbi Peter Stein (NY)
Reform Jewish

Ani Zonneveld (CA)