Concerned Clergy for Choice honored by Religious Institute

Concerned Clergy for Choice, a project of the Education Fund of Family Planning Advocates of New York State, was awarded the Religious Institute’s “Decade of Dedication” on the Institute’s 10th anniversary. The award ceremony, held at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, convened supporters of reproductive rights from the fields of public policy, media and faith-based advocacy.

 “We celebrate the leadership of Concerned Clergy for Choice as one of our three Decade of Dedication honorees,” said the Rev. Debra W. Haffner, Executive Director of the Religious Institute. “Congratulations on your outstanding work in promoting a progressive understanding of religion and sexuality! We look forward to many long years of collaboration.”

“As we witness the growing influence of faith-driven abortion opponents in Congress – and consider their potentially devastating impact on medical care in New York State and around the nation – our pro-choice clergy voices are all the more important,” said M. Tracey Brooks, President and CEO of Family Planning Advocates of New York State.  “New York has always been a leader in reproductive health care, thanks, in large part, to our clergy. This award marks another milestone for New York State.”

“Anti-abortion religious groups are trying to exploit the national budget crisis as an opportunity to write their religious restrictions into the law,” said Rabbi Dennis S. Ross, director of Concerned Clergy for Choice. “Our 1,000 member, multi-faith clergy network is in the forefront on behalf of women and families in need of good health care, and we are proud to honor our history of clergy advocacy  It is deeply gratifying that the work of Concerned Clergy for Choice is achieving national recognition.”

Concerned Clergy for Choice, a project of the Education Fund of Family Planning Advocates of New York State, is a network of religious leaders from a wide spectrum of faiths and denominations. Concerned Clergy for Choice members advocate for laws and policies promoting access to quality and affordable reproductive health care, including sex education, contraception, and abortion care. The clergy network, founded and based in Albany, N.Y. has expanded its influence in New York State and beyond to become a national leader in faith-based advocacy for reproductive justice.

Founded in 2001, the Religious Institute is a multi-faith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society.