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The religious voice is critical in conversations about reproductive health. 

The Florida Interfaith Coalition for Reproductive Health and Justice supports and protects the right to safe and legal abortion services and the broader range of reproductive health care services through education and advocacy.  Raise your faithful voice for reproductive health, rights, and justice—add your name to our letter of support.

Sign On Letter

As clergy, faith leaders, and people of faith from a wide spectrum of faiths, we affirm the sanctity of life by endorsing laws and policies that provide access to comprehensive reproductive medicine, including access to safe and legal abortion care, for women and families, and medically-accurate, age-appropriate sex education for teens.

Clergy, faith leaders and people of faith were at the forefront of advocacy at the beginnings of the family planning movement in the United States, just as religious leaders are today. With anti-abortion groups now receiving much attention, we disassociate ourselves from these restrictive voices and bear witness to the diversity in religious teaching regarding the purpose of our intimacy. We recognize that no single religious leader speaks for all people of faith and we protest the enshrinement of any faith strictures as public policy. We affirm the value of new life when we protect the capacity of the woman to determine her proper time to become a mother.

Many of our respective faith teachings and nationally endorsed denominational statements call for access to sex education, contraception and abortion care. What is more, the clergy experience providing pastoral counsel to women and families demonstrates the spirituality in the process of consulting with a medical provider and arriving at a personal conclusion about reproduction. Above all, uninvited religious leaders and government officials have no business imposing their personal faith strictures or religious definitions of medical services into the laws of the land or the private lives of women and families. Rather, people need medically accurate information, the opportunity for personal deliberation in accordance with their own moral codes, faith beliefs and consciences and access to the level of care they believe is right for them. Conscience is the moral high ground.

We value real religious liberty which upholds the right of each person to make their own faith-based or conscience-based healthcare decisions. We join our clergy predecessors and people of faith in the past in advocacy for laws and policies that safeguard and strengthen access to reproductive medicine. And, we stand by the work of women’s health centers, including Planned Parenthood, for providing quality and affordable medical care and comprehensive sex education so vital to the well-being of our communities.

Sincerely,

The Signers

Churches

Nature Coast Unitarian Universalists | Citrus Springs, FL

Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg | St. Petersburg, FL

Unitarian Universalists of Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Clergy

Rev. Holly Adams | United Church of Christ | Vero Beach, FL

Rabbi Jon Adland | PPFA Clergy Advocacy Board | Canton, OH

Rev. Scott W. Alexander | Unitarian Universalist | Vero Beach, FL

Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey | Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beaches.| Palm Beach Springs | FL

Rev. Kierstin Allen | Unitarian Universalist | Orlando, FL

Rev. Dr.  Kharma R. Amos | Metropolitan Community Churches | Tallahassee, FL

Rev. Kaaren Solveig Anderson | Unitarian Universalist | Vero Beach, FL

Rev. Anne R. Atwell | MCC | Fort Lauderdale, FL

Rev. Ben Atherton-Zeman | Unitarian Universalist | St. Petersberg, FL

Rev Marcella Auld Glass | Presbyterian Church (USA) | Boise, ID

Rev. Tracie Barrett | Unitarian Universalist | Eustis, FL

Reverend Margaret L. Beard | All Faiths Unitarian Congregation | Fort Myers, FL

Reverend Susan Berryman | Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lake County | Eustis, FL

Rev. Dr. Wes Bixby | United Church of Christ | Sarasota, FL

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Burns | New Day MCC of Naples | Naples, FL

Rev. D. Melvin Burrowes | United Church of Christ | North Port, FL

Rabbi Harold Caminker | Reform Judaism | Venice, FL

Most Rev. William R. Cavins | Reformed Catholic Church | Winter Park, FL

Intern Minister Rachel Christensen | First Unitarian Church of Orlando | Orlando, FL

Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Claus | Unitarian Universalist Association | Miami, FL

Rev. Jhon Correa | Faith Lutheran Church | Lehigh Acres, FL

Rev. Dr. John H. Danner |Sanibel United Church of Christ | Sanibel | FL

Reverend Mary Louise DeWolf | Unitarian Universalist Association | Crystal River, FL

Rabbi Rose Durbin | Temple Judea Palm Beach Gardens | Palm City, FL

Rabbi Matthew Durbin | Temple Beit Hay Am | Palm City, FL

Rev Kelly Durbin | Metropolitan Community Churches | Port Charlotte, FL

The Rev. Dr. Laurie Etter | United Church of Christ | Sarasota, FL

Rev. Allison Farnum | Unitarian Universalist | Fort Myers, FL

Rev. Elder Diane Fisher | Metropolitan Community Church | Tallahassee, FL

Reverend Tony Fisher | Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples |Naples | FL

Reverand Roger Fritts | Unitarian Universalist | Maryland

Reverend Ron Garner | United Church of Christ | Wantagh, NY

Rabbi Brenner Glickman | Temple Emanu- El | Sarasota, FL

Reverend Dee (Edith) Graham | Unitarian Universalist | Bradenton, FL

The Rev. Jeri Gray-Reneberg | Lutheran/Episcopal | McKinleyville, CA

Rev. Janet Grill | Evangelical Lutheran Church in America | Holly Hill, FL

Rev. Fred L. Hammond | Unitarian Universalist | Bradenton, FL

Rev. Dr. Marni Harmony | Unitarian Universalist | Orlando, FL

Rev. Ann Hayman | Presbyterian | Santa Monica , CA

Rev. Dr. Sharon M. Harris-Ewing | United Church of Christ | Naples, FL

Rev. Margaret E. (Peggy) Howland | Presbyterian Church (USA) | Orlando, FL

The Reverend Kenneth Gordon Hurto | Unitarian Universalist Association | Fort Myers, FL

Rev. Montanna L. Jones | Universal Life Church | Eureka, CA

Reverend David F. Judd | St Marks Presbyterian Church | Altamonte Springs, FL

Rabbi Samantha Kahn | Jewish | Boca Raton, FL

Rev. Dr.  Daniel C. Kanter | Unitarian Universalist | Dallas, TX

Rabbi Judith Kempler | Jewish | Miami, FL  

Rev. Dr. Maureen Killoran | Unitarian Universalist | Gainesville, FL

Reverend Amy Kindred | Unitarian Universalist | Port Charlotte, FL

Rabbi Emeritus Ralph  Kingsley | Temple Sinai of North Dade | Miami, FL

Rev. Dr. Kathleen L. Kircher | Episcopal Church | Naples, FL

The Rev. Jennifer M. Kopacz | Evangelical Lutheran Church in America | Tallahassee, FL

Rev. Kathleen Korb | Unitarian Universalist Association | Pinellas Park, FL

Reverend Brock Leach | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Rabbi Daniel Levin | Jewish | Boca Raton, FL

Rabbi Joshua Lobel | Jewish | Largo, FL

Rabbi Michal Loving | Reform Judaism | Coral Springs, FL

Rabbi Nicole Luna | Reform Judaism | Fort Myers, FL

Rev. Dr. Guillermo Marquez-Sterling | United Church of Christ | St. Pete Beach, FL

Rev. Dr. Marvin A. Marsh | American Baptist Churches in the USA | King of Prussia, PA

Rev. Jody Mask | Presbyterian Church (USA) | Winter Park, FL

Reverend Brenda Maynor | Evangelical Lutheran Church in America | Ocala, FL

Rev. Leigh G. McCaffrey | First United Church of Christ | Orlando, FL

Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt | Metropolitan Community Church | Pensacola, FL

Rev. Beth Miller | Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Rev. Dr. Russell L Meyer | ELCA | Jacksonville, FL

Rev. Robert Francis Murphy | Unitarian  Universalist | Tarpon Springs, FL

Rabbi Fred Natkin | Temple Mateh Chaim | Boynton Beach, FL

Rev. Kari Niedermaier | All Saints Lutheran Church, ECLA | Port Orange, FL

 Jon O'Brien | Catholics for Choice | Washington, DC, Washington, DC

Reverend Dorothy Okray | United Methodist Church | Sarasota, FL

Reverend Andy Oliver |United Methodist Church | St Petersburg, FL

Rabbi Cookie Lea Olshein | Reform Judaism | West Palm Beach, FL

The Reverend Janet Onnie | Tri-County Unitarian Universalists | Summerfield, FL

Reverand Patricia A. Owen | Unitarian Universalist | Tampa, FL

Reverend Ellen Palmer Marsey | United Church of Christ | Sarasota, FL

Reverend Bernice Powell Jackson | United Church of Christ | Tampa, FL

Rabbi Laura M. Rappaport | Jewish | Coral Springs, FL

Rabbi Elana Rabishaw | Jewish | Boca Raton, FL

Reverend Elena L. Rigg | Unitarian Universalist | Atlantic Beach, FL

The Reverend Harris Riordan | The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton | Boca Raton, FL

Rev. Jeffrey Rivera | St. Cloud, FL

Rabbi Dennis S. Ross | Reform Judaism | Albany, NY

The Reverend Canon Susan Russell | PPFA Clergy Advocacy Board | Pasadena, CA

Dr. Scott L. Sattler | Universal Sufism | Eureka, CA

Rev. Kathy Schmitz | First Unitarian Church of Orlando | Orlando, FL

Rev. Bruce Seaman | Fairfield Presbyterian Church | Fairfield, FL

Rev Dr Jeanette Sherrill | First Congregational UCC | Bradenton, FL

Rev. Elder Dr. Candace R. Shultis | Metropolitan Community Churches | St. Petersburg, FL

Humanist Chaplain & Celebrant William Edward Smithson | American Humanist Society | Hobe Sound, FL

Rev. Cynthia Snavely |Unitarian Universalist | Lady Lake, FL

Rabbi Myra Soifet | Reform Judaism | Reno, NV

Humanist Celebrant Roberta Synal | Humanists of the Treasure Coast | Stuart, FL

Rev. Dr. Dawson B. Taylor | United Church of Christ | Naples, FL

Rev Kevin L. Tisdol | Sunshine Cathedral | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Rev. Ruth Vann Lillian | Unitarian Universalist | Valparaiso, FL

Rev. Khleber M. Van Zandt V | Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice | Venice, FL

Rev. Laura Viau | Presbyterian Church (USA) | Orlando, FL

Rev. Archie B. Wainright | Unitarian Universalist | S. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Rabbi Greg Weisman | Jewish | Boca Raton, FL

Rev. Paul Werner | United Church of Christ | Tampa, FL

Rev. Dr. Bruce Wismer | Presbyterian Church (USA) | Sarasota, FL

Rev. Jay Wolin | UU Church of Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Faith Leaders and Faithful Supporters

Ginger Abraham | Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County | Port Charlotte, FL

Fatima Aitrami | Islam | FL

Kayla Alamilla | Person of Faith | Naples, FL

Carmen Alexander | Presbyterian | Parrish, FL

Patricia Allen |Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Wendy Allison | Episcopal | Sanford, FL

Amanda Alvarado | Metropolitan Community Church | Austin, TX

Alex Andrew | Apopka, FL

Carolyn Arevalo | Unitarian Universalist |Sarasota, FL

Alina Astor | Catholic | Clermont, FL

Mary Baxton-Joseph | Buddhist | Sarasota, FL

Wesley Beggs | Sarasota, FL

Jody Beresford | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Elizabeth I Bercaw | Unitarian Universalist | Dania Beach, FL

Mary Brand | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Stephanie Bratcher | Muslim | Kissimmee, FL

Lauren Brownstein | Jewish | Lakewood Ranch, FL

Blythe Burge | United Methodist | Fletcher, NC

Jamie Butrum | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Kerianne Cardiff | First United Methodist Church of Melbourne | Satellite Beach, FL

Ana Carolina De Melo Canelas | Weston, FL

Beth Carpenter | Non-Denominational | Davenport, FL

Allison Carville | Person of Faith | Ft. Myers, FL

Evelyn Chiland | Unitarian Universalist | Maitland, FL

Priscilla Chism | National Cathedral/Episcopalian | St Petersburg, VA

Frances Chiu | Catholic | Deltona, FL

Karen Cohen | Jewish | Osprey, FL

Fran Collier | United Church of Christ | Sarasota, FL  

Sammy Conde | United Church of Christ | Winter Park, FL

Nancy Connelly | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Erin Corbelli | Catholic | Chuluota, FL

Evelyn Corchado | Christian | Ormond Beach, FL

Barbara Cribbs |Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Judy Croce | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Anne E. Crowley | United Methodist Church | Melbourne, FL

Natasha Cruz-Knopf | Unitarian Universalist | Pinellas Park, FL

Rhonda Davis | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Rosa de Jesus | Catholic | Orlando, FL

Paolo Delacerda | Supporter | Deltona, FL

Blaire DiGennaro | Catholic | Orlando, FL

Sanja Djokovic | Universal Life Church | Tampa, FL

Shawna Doran | Quaker| Alachua, FL

Joan Duval | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Natalie Epstein | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Paul Figge | United Church of Christ | Mount Dora, FL

Maureen Flammer | Person of Faith | Kingsmere, FL

Kathy Fraser | United Church of Christ | Osprey, FL

Amber Frauman | Catholic | Orlando, FL

Pam French | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Cherilyn Gardner | Christ Follower | Nokomis, FL

Minerva Glidden | Quaker | Orlando, FL

Rick Gold | Gainesville Humanistic Judaism Community | Gainesville, FL

Pamela Gordon | Jewish | Lakewood Ranch, FL

Jessica Gottsleben | Person of Faith | North Lauderdale, FL

Vickie Hall | United Methodist | New Smyrna Beach, FL

Christine Hanavan | Catholic | Winter Springs, FL

Peggie Hart | United Methodist | Ormond Beach, FL

Kathryn Harvey | Pagan | Palm Harbor, FL

Melissa Haussman | Jacksonville, FL

Carol Hazledine | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Judith Hennard |Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Sharron Howard |Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Nancy Hughes | Episcopal | Lakewood Ranch, FL

Robert Hughes | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Jess Hunt | Unitarian Universalist | Lake Mary, FL

Baleigh Johnson | None| Jacksonville, FL

Brittany Johnson | Christian | Lutz, FL

Kathleen Jones |Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Mary Lou Keller | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Edie Kaplan | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

John Keating | None | Orlando, FL

Kathleen Grace Keating |Methodist | Orlando, FL

Kingman Fox Keating | Protestant | Orlando, FL

Lisa Keating | Methodist | Orlando, FL

Virginia Caroline Keating | Methodist | Orlando, FL

Kathleen Keating | Methodist | Orlando, FL

James Keeney | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Martha D. Kirby | Unitarian Universalist | Orlando, FL

Katherine Knowles | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Eileen Kozloff | Jewish | Lakewood Ranch, FL

Arlene Knox | Humanism | Fort Myers, FL

Nat Kornblum | Sarasota, FL

Martha Koenig Stone | United Church of Christ | Rochester, NY

C. Joie Kohl | Unitarian Universalist | Orlando, FL

Elizabeth Jane Kufrovich | Buddhist | Winter Park, FL

Carol Kunik | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Christine Laning | Winter Park, FL

Katharine Lannamann | Unitarian Universalist | Osprey, FL

Dan Lambert | Unitarian Universalist | Port Charlotte, FL

Christine Laning | Quakers of Orlando | Winter Springs, FL

Sharon Lastrapes Myers | Catholic | Winter Park, FL

Ellie Levesque | Non-Theist | Tampa, FL

Martha Lindberg | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Ann Liggett | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Janet Line | Lutheran | Orlando, FL

Sara J. Little | First Congregational UCC | Sarasota, FL

Sar Lotti | Person of Faith | Orlando, FL

Barbara Luehring | Episcopalian | Sarasota, FL

Jo Magennis |Christian| Stuart, FL

Cheryl Mahan | Presbyterian Church (USA) | Merritt Island, FL

Melissa Mann | Unity | Orlando, FL

Gutman Mihaela | Jewish | Miami Beach, FL

Katie Murphy | MCC | Orange City, FL

Robert Murphy | Unitarian Universalist |Tarpon Springs, FL

Michelle Paccione | Person of Faith | Palm Harbor, FL

Xarryannah Marquardt | Reform Judaism | Orlando, FL

Carole Martin | Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Zoreed Mukhtar | None | Orlando, FL

Linda Myers | Nature Coast UU | Lecanto, FL

Sara Myers | Presbyterian Church of the Covenant | Nokomis, FL

Terri Neal| Roman Catholic| Jacksonville, FL

Dr. Lana Nguyen | St Petersburg, FL

Madeline Ninno | United Methodist Church | Oviedo, FL

Jan Omans | Jewish | Winter Park, FL

Laura Owens | Unitarian Universalist | Winter Springs, FL

J. Ward Pallotta | Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Katherine Parry | University Unitarian Universalist | Oviedo, FL

Kara Parsons | Person of faith | Orlando, FL

Joyce Peralta | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

William Peyton | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Sandra B. Phelps | United Church of Christ | University Park, FL

Audrey Phillips |Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Regina Pound | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Margaret Primeau |Beverly Hills, FL

Susan Raines | United Church of Christ | Bradenton, FL

Kristina Ramos | Orlando, FL

Socorro Ramos-Avilés | Buddhist | Orlando, FL

Carol Ray | Methodist | Osprey, FL

Sarah Ray | Humanist Celebrant | City, FL

Mary Fran Raynault | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Monica Readus | AME Church | Melbourne Beach, FL

Maria Remon | Catholic | Tampa, FL

Lawry N. Reid |Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Bonnie Rich | Unitarian Universalist | Orviedo, FL

Yadira Rivers |Non-denominational | Spring Hill, FL

Maria Roberts | Jersey City, NJ

Bridget Roemmich | Unitarian Universalist | Weston, FL

Edna Robles | Catholic | Deltona, FL

Krista Haley Rue | Presbyterian | Indialantic, FL

Jayne Ryan | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Anita Sallas | Catholic | Orlando, FL

Lisa Santoni Cromar | Person of Faith | Longwood, FL

Betty Schattschneider | United Church of Christ | Sarasota, FL

Denise Scheppe | Community Member | Naples, FL

Lois Schoenbrun | Jewish | Orlando, FL

Laurie Scop | Jewish | Miami, FL

Emily Scoville | Christian | Longwood, FL

Clare Segall | Temple Emanuel-el | Sarasota, FL

Amany Shalaby | Islam | Orlando, FL

Deva Shanks | Jewish | Deerfield Beach, FL

Barbara Shaver | First Congregational UCC | Sarasota, FL Jess

Dawnyelle Singleton | Sarasota, FL

Pamela Siderski | Buddhist | Venice, FL

Sara Slate | Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Cormac Smith | Person of Faith | Orlando, FL

Julia Smith | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Gwendolyn Smith-Warzyk | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

William Smithson | Humanist Lay Leader | Hobe Sound, FL

Vicki Stelzer | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Patricia Stubkjaer | Person of Faith | Gulfport, FL

Suzy Suring | Ormond Beach, FL

Hope Tera | Unitarian Universalist | Clearwater, FL

Nancy Terreri | Person of Faith | Ft. Myers, FL

Bob and Ann Tirk | Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Ardith Tofteland | ELCA | Naples, FL

Stephen Tonjes | Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) DeLand worship group | DeLand, FL

Nina W. Tortelli | Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Jessica Traiger | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Lynnsey Trantham | Church of God | Lake Wales, FL

Katherine Trusky | Non-denominational | Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Jackie Tschanz | Methodist | Miami, FL

Audrey Tuman | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Linda Sue Varonich | Hernando, FL

Danielle Viens-Payne | Christian| Naples, FL

JJ Walcutt | Person of Faith | Oviedo, FL

Aurora Walker | Presbyterian Church (USA) | Lakeland, FL

Kate Walker | Christian | Ormond Beach, FL

Kathleen Walsh | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Jacqueline Wands | Unity Church of Venice | North Port, FL

Janet Watson | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Theo Webster | United Church of Christ (FCCWP) | Orlando, FL

Sandra Weeks | Unitarian Universalist | St. Petersburg, FLS

Eleanor Weiss | United Church of Christ | Sarasota, FL

Todd Weller | Christian | Englewood, FL

Tom Whitten | Activist | Sarasota, FL

Od’Juan Whitfield | Faith in Public Life | Jacksonville, FL|

Deana Widder | Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Kim Wight | Unity | Titusville FL

Martha Williamson | Secular Humanist | Winter Park, FL

Kim Wight | Unity | Titusville, FL

Sarah Workman | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Joyce Wowak | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

Lynn Donelson Wright | Nature Coast Unitarian Universalists | Dunnellon, FL

Willow (Sarah) Noa | Conservative Judaism | Melbourne, FL

Dated: January 19, 2024

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