History

Established in 1989, the Minnesota Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (MNRCRC) is an affiliate on the National Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, dedicated to supporting reproductive freedom for every person.

The National Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice grew out of the informal network of clergy willing to help women find safe abortions prior to Roe vs. Wade. In 1973, it became known as the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (RCAR). MNRCRC was originally recognized as the Minnesota project of the national Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (RCAR/MN).


In 1991, RCAR/MN was accepted as an affiliate of the national organization, and in 1992 RCAR/MN incorporated as a non-profit. In 1993, the national organization broadened its mission and changed its name to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. In February 1994 we changed our name to the Minnesota Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice to reflect our broadened mission.

We launched the All Options Clergy Counseling Service for volunteer clergy willing to counsel women experiencing problem pregnancies in 1992. In 1993, we hosted our first biennial Faith and Freedom Award dinner to honor individuals who have distinguished themselves in their faith-based dedication to reproductive freedom and abortion rights.

In 2002 we began to implement the culturally and religiously appropriate curriculum Keeping It Real!, developed by RCRC to teach comprehensive sexuality education to African American teens. In 2003-2004 the Keeping It Real! Program expanded to include Breaking the Silence courses for parents.

In 2006, MNRCRC developed Faith and Choices, a curriculum that allows congregations to have respectful conversations about reproductive choice. That same year, we expanded our promotion of faith-based comprehensive sexuality education by promoting and training leaders in the Our Whole Lives curriculum.

Minnesota Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
122 W Franklin Ave, Ste 303
Minneapolis MN 55404
612-870-0974
info@mnrcrc.org
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