NM RCRC Autumn Newsletter 2015

Clergy and Faith Leaders Declare Support
for Women’s Access to Abortion

The NM Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and the ACLU_NM are working together to decrease the shame and stigma surrounding abortion across the state and increase access to safe and legal abortion for all women.
We know that members of the faith community have the unique ability to shift the conversation about abortion away from shame and stigma and toward compassionate understanding for women facing this complex and personal decision. If Minister, Priest or Rabbi has signed, please thank them, if they haven’t, please encourage them to do so. If you are a member of the clergy or faith leader in your congregation (Elder, Deacon, Trustee, Committee Chair, Religious Educator, etc.) please add your name.
By partnering together we can strengthen the voice of religion in the public square to ensure that all people have access to all reproductive and sexual health information and services, including birthing options, contraception, abortion, comprehensive sex education, and that all families have the re-sources to care for their children with dignity.

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Miscarriage Infertility Abortion Adoption.
Where is God in these difficult moments? Where are we?

New Mexico RCRC recently held our first training in Pastoral Care for Reproductive Decisions and Loss. Religious leaders, lay caregivers of all faiths and health care workers interested in the cross-roads of faith and reproductive health joined in a day long training with RCRC consultant Rev. Kelli Clement to cut through the public debate on these is-sues in order to be a compassionate, faithful, and effective pastoral presence to those in need. The participants explored:

• Dynamics, challenges, and successful ways of addressing sexual and reproductive issues in a pastoral context;
• Reflections on how their own religious/moral beliefs and personal experiences in this arena could impact the ability to provide effective pastoral care;
• The particular circumstances and pas-oral concerns in common situations related to reproductive decisions and loss, including abortion, miscarriage and stillbirth, infertility, post-adoption loss, and pre-natal loss due to fetal anomalies;
• Specific skills for providing effective care in these situations, and
• How to use ritual and other resources from their tradition to promote healing.

About Joan Lamunyon Sanford

Executive Director of the NM Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
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