Clergy Letter of Support

We, clergy and religious leaders from across New Mexico, in accordance with our moral convictions and our personal faith, support a woman’s ability to access a full range of reproductive health services, including abortion.

As leaders of various faith communities, we have lived and ministered closely with thousands of women and their families. Many of these women find themselves faced with the decision to have an abortion, and one in three will decide to end a pregnancy at some point in their lives.

These women are our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends and our peers. As people of faith and as New Mexicans, we believe in loving our neighbors, and treating one another as we would like to be treated—with dignity and respect. This means recognizing that the decision to have an abortion is deeply personal and should be left to a woman, her family, and her doctor, in consultation with her faith.

We live in an era where abortion is discussed at length both in the media and in our communities. Regardless of how we feel about abortion personally, we know that this is a complex and deeply personal decision. The decision to have an abortion is not something that should be restricted by elected officials. Every family and every pregnancy is different and a woman should feel confident that if she decides to seek an abortion she should be able to turn to a member of the clergy or religious leader who will provide compassionate and nonjudgmental support.

We recognize that there are a diversity of views in the faith community. Indeed, not everyone in our own congregations or denominations agrees on this complex issue. But as leaders, we feel called to declare our support for a woman’s ability to access abortion and other reproductive healthcare services as a basic issue of health and safety for women and their families.

Our religious principles are grounded in a love and acceptance of all people, and we believe deeply that means ending the shame and stigma associated with abortion and increasing access for all women to a full range of reproductive healthcare options.

New Mexico has a long history of valuing and protecting the dignity of all women. It is time to end all attempts to interfere in a woman’s deeply private medical decisions about abortion and leave them in the capable hands of a woman, her family and her doctor, in consultation with her faith.

Please note: The congregations and/or organizations listed below are for identification purposes only. These signatures represent the position of the individual clergy and religious leaders who have signed on in support.

Email us if you are interested in adding your name to this important letter.

Rev. James M Collie, HR, Presbytery of Santa Fe, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Rev. Sue Joiner, United Church of Christ, Albuquerque

Rabbi Shefa Gold, Center for Devotional, Energy and Ecstatic Practice, Jemez Springs

Rev. Gary Kowalski, Co-Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Taos

Rev. Doug Inhofe, Co-Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Taos

Rev. Tyler Connoley, Pastor, Silver City UCC, Silver City

Rabbi Arthur Flicker, retired, Albuquerque

Rev. Sharon Littrell Ph.d, Pastor, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Rio Rancho

Rev. Antonio (Tony) Aja, D.Min., Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)​, Santa Fe

Rev. Dale Arnink, Minister Emeritus, Unitarian Universalist Church, Los Alamos

Rev’d  Canon Thomas Lowe, St. John’s Episcopal, Alamogordo

Rev. Theodore Cooley, Disciples of Christ, retired, Albuquerque

Rev. Harry Eberts, First Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe

Rev. Angela Herrera, First Unitarian Church, Albuquerque

Sara Koplik, Director, Hillel, University of New Mexico

Rev. Liz McMaster, Unitarian Universalist, retired, Albuquerque

Rev. Milton Propp, United Methodist Church, retired, Albuquerque

Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld, Congregation Albert, Albuquerque

Rev. Karen Hill, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Albuquerque

Rev. Dr. Nancy Hitt, Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation, Rio Rancho

Rev. William E. Hershey (ELCA-Ret.)

Rev. Kristi Koppel, Our Savior Lutheran Church (ELCA), Alamogordo

The Rev. Dr. M. Lee Albertson, United Church of Christ, Retired, Albuquerque

Rev. Jared Carson, Peace Lutheran Church (ELCA), Las Cruces

Fr. James Lehman, Holy Family American National Catholic Church, Las Cruces

Rev. Maxim Rice, United Methodist Church, retired, Albuquerque

Rabbi Larry Karol, Union for Reform Judaism, Las Cruces

Marlene Perrotte, Religious Sister of Mercy, Albuquerque

Rev. LaVonne Johnson-Holt, Lutheran Church (ELCA), Roswell

Rev. Robert Williams, Presbyterian (U.S.A.), retired, Roswell

Rabbi Neil Amswych, Temple Beth Shalom, Santa Fe

Rev. Dean Lewis, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), retired, Medanales, NM

Rev. Kathryn Barlow Westmoreland, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Rio Rancho

Rev. Richard Stoops, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) retired, Albuquerque

Rev. Carl Boaz, Parish Associate, Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque

Rev. Judith Maynard, Metropolitan Community Church, Albuquerque

Rev. Richard Safford, United Church of Christ, Angel Fire

Rev. Dr. Don Childers, First Christian Church, Santa Fe

Sylvia Ledesma, Ceremonial Leader, Traditional Healer, Kalpulli Izkalli

Rev. Linda Mervine, Pastor, First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ and United Church of Christ, Las Cruces

Rev. Nancy J. Anderson, Minister Emerita, Unitarian Universalist Church, Las Cruces

Rev. Harvey Daiho Hilbert Roshi, Abbot Emeritus of the Order of the Clear Zen Mind, retired, Las Cruces

Rev. Dr. Stephen J. Miller, retired Disciples of Christ pastor, Albuquerque

Rev. Amy Pospichal, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Tucumcari

Fr. Francis Quintana, Blessed Oscar Romero Catholic Community, Albuquerque

Rev. Dr. Leona Stucky-Abbott, D.Min., AAPC Diplomate, LPCC, Santa Fe

Rev. Lorelei Kay, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Gallup

Rev. Andrew Groves, Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living

Rev. Vangie Chavez, Rising Sun Christian Community, Albuquerque

Rev. Patrick Crocker, Disciples of Christ, Las Cruces

Rev. Carolyn Brown, Unitarian Universalist, retired, Albuquerque

Rev. Gail Lindsey Marriner, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe

Rev. H. Blaine Wimberly, Zia United Methodist Church, Santa Fe

Rev. John Cullinan, pastor, Unitarian Church of Los Alamos

Rev. Kylie Renner, Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living, Senior Minister

Rev. Rebecca Morgan, United Church of Christ and Namaste House, Farmington

Rev. Terry Lund, Unity, Las Cruces

Rev. Robert Aubrey, Monte Vista Disciples of Christ, Albuquerque

Rev. Catherine Robinson, Member at Large, Presbytery of Santa Fe, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Albuquerque

Rev. Trey Hammond, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Albuquerque

Rev. Susan Joan Quass, Member at Large, Presbytery of Santa Fe, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Albuquerque

The Rev. Christine Robinson,  senior minister, First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque

Rev. Tiffany Curtis, Pastor, First Christian Church of Santa Fe

Rev. Sylvia Miller-Mutia, Rector, St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church, Albuquerque

Rev. Roger Scott Powers, Pastor, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque

Pastor Joene Herr, Christ Lutheran Church, (ELCA), Santa Fe

Rev. Dr. Holly Beaumont, Disciples of Christ, Santa Fe

Rev. Joan Jiko Halifax, Abbot, Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe

Rev. Joshin Brian Byrnes, Vice Abbot, Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe

Rev. M. Catherine Volland, Rector, St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, Santa Fe

The Rev. Pedro G. Cuevas, Associate Rector, St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, Santa Fe, NM

Rev. Talitha Arnold, Sr. Minister, The United Church of Santa Fe (United Church of Christ)

Rabbi Dr. Jack Shlachter, Congregation HaMakom, Santa Fe

Rabbi Martin Levy, Congregation Beit Tikva, Santa Fe

Rev. Carolyn E. Hughes, American Baptist Churches, USA, retired, Albuquerque

Rev. Janet Norden, University Heights United Methodist Church, Albuquerque

5 Responses to Clergy Letter of Support

  1. Linda White says:

    I am a long-time supporter of abortion rights and was proud to work once with Drs. Lewis Koplik and Bruce Ferguson.

    Linda White

  2. Elisabeth Anne Manning says:

    As a long time supporter of compassionate health care for women, and a Planned Parenthood patient escort for many years, I am glad to see this range of support from such an ecumenical group of spiritual resources.

  3. Rev. Ken Cuthbertson - PCUSA says:

    I sincerely support a woman’s ability to access a full range of reproductive health services, including abortion. I do not believe that such choices should be restricted by elected officials. It is not appropriate for those in the public sphere to interfere in a woman’s deeply private medical decisions about abortion. Such decisions should be left in the hands of each woman, her family and her doctor, in consultation with her faith and her spiritual advisors. I equally believe, however, that it is incumbent on society as a whole to support and work to provide for effective reproductive education and for the creation of an adequate social safety net, and to provide viable non-sectarian alternatives to abortion. Abortion should be accessible, but also as unnecessary as possible.

  4. Nancy Rice says:

    As a former clergywoman I am committed to the right of each woman to control her own body to the best of her ability including the right to make her own decisions about reproductive issues.

  5. Ralph Tobin says:

    In accordance with my moral convictions and personal faith, I support a woman’s ability to access a full range of reproductive health services, including abortion.

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