The religious voice is critical in conversations about reproductive health. Faith leaders in Florida have come together to develop an Interfaith Coalition Sign On Letter, to not only display their support of reproductive health, rights, and justice but to also provide others with the opportunity to do the same.

Below is the Sign-On Letter along with current signees. Click here if you are a clergy member, faith leader, or person of faith, and would like to sign onto this letter and join our Interfaith Coalition work. We would be honored to add you to this statement; thank you for supporting this critical work. 


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 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."

Signed, 

Reverend Allison Farnum | Unitarian Universalist | Fort Myers, FL

Reverend Amy Kindred | Unitarian Universalist | Port Charlotte, Florida

Reverend Anne R. Atwell | Metropolitan Community Church | Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

The Reverend Beth Miller | Friendship Fellowship @ Pineda, Unitarian Universalist | Rockledge, FL

Reverend Brock Leach | Unitarian Universalist  | Sarasota, FL

Reverand Bryan G. Fulwider | United Church of Christ | Winter Park , FL

Reverand Elder Dr. Candace R. Shultis | Metropolitan Community Church | St. Petersburg, FL

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

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

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

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

Revered Dorothy Okray | United Methodist Church | Sarasota, FL

Reverand Elder Diane Fisher | Metropolitan Community Church | Tallahassee, FL

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

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

Rabbi Harold Caminker | Reform Judaism | Venice, FL

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

The Reverend Janet Onnie | Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County | East Lake Weir, FL

Reverend  Jeffrey Rivera | St. Cloud, FL

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

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

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

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

Rabbi Judith Kempler | Jewish | Miami , FL

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

Katharine Lannamann | Unitarian Universalist | Osprey, FL

Katherine Parry | University Unitarian Universalist | Oviedo, FL

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

Reverend Kathy Schmitz | First Unitarian Church of Orlando | Orlando, FL

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

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

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

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

Rev. Dr.  Kharma R. Amos | Metropolitan community Church | Tallahassee, FL

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

Reverend Laura Viau | Presbyterian Church (USA) | Orlando, FL

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

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

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

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

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

Martha Kirby | Unitarian Universalist Congregant | Orlando, FL

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

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

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

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

Rabbi Michal Loving | Reform Judaism | Coral Springs, FL

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

Rabbi Myra Soifer | Reform Judaism | Reno, NV

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

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

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

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

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

Reverand Roger Fritts | Unitarian Universalist | Sarasota, FL

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Click here if you are a clergy member, faith leader, or person of faith, and would like to sign onto this letter and join our Interfaith Coalition work.