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Michigan Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR001695

Scope and Content

This collection contains records of activity for the organization in the form of Director reports, meeting notes, newsletters, and mailings for events and issues. In addition to materials of the Michigan branch of RCAR, newsletters and publications of the national RCAR are also found in this collection. Also present are news clippings and literature on the abortion debate.

Dates

  • 1969 - 1994

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

History

The Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (RCAR) was founded in 1973 after the Supreme Court case decision Roe v. Wade. This group was created as an interfaith organization with a pro-choice outlook on abortions. The organization changed its name to Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice in 1994.

In 1974 a small group of individuals began meeting in Michigan and out of these meetings grew a coalition of support for religous agencies supporting pro-choice legislation and ideaology. The national RCAR hired Helen Howe on a part-time basis to help coordinate the group which became the Michigan branch of the Religious Coaltion for Abortion Rights in 1975.

As stated on their website in 2011: "The Michigan Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, founded thirty years ago, brings the moral power of religious communities to ensure reproductive choice through education and advocacy. The Coalition seeks to give clear voice to the reproductive issues of people of color, those living in poverty, and other underserved populations.

The national RCRC was founded in 1973 to safeguard the newly won constitutional right to abortion. The Coalition founders were clergy and lay leaders from mainstream religions, many of whom had provided women with referrals to safe abortion services before the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade.

While our member organizations are religiously and theologically diverse, they are unified in the commitment to preserve reproductive choice as a basic part of religious liberty.

We support access to sex education, family planning and contraception, affordable child care and health care, and adoption services as well as safe, legal, abortion services, regardless of income. We work for public policies that ensure the medical, economic, and educational resources necessary for healthy families and communities that are equipped to nurture children in peace and love."

Extent

1 Linear Feet (1 SB)

Abstract

The Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (RCAR) was founded in 1973 after the Supreme Court case decision Roe v. Wade. This group was created as an interfaith organization with a pro-choice outlook on abortions. The organization changed its name to Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice in 1994.

The Michigan branch of the RCAR was created in 1975 and worked to influence policy and legislation, as well as to inform members of ongoing changes in Michigan, and across the country, pertaining to abortions and reproductive choice.

Arrangement

Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.

Acquisition

The Michigan Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights Records were donated to the Walter P. Reuther Library by Helen I. Howe on August 19, 1997.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Shae Rafferty on August 22, 2018.
Title
Guide to the Michigan Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights Records
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Shae Rafferty.
Date
2018-08-22
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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