Planned Parenthood announces new clergy advocacy board members

The clergy board at PPFA has existed for decades, according to Religion News Service. However, PPFA is celebrating new additions to the board who are from states that lean pro-life. The list includes the Rev. Emily Harden of West Virginia, Rabbi Sarah Smiley of Kansas, the Rev. Katey Zeh of North Carolina, the Rev. Rebecca Todd Peters of North Carolina, the Rev. Elise Saulsberry of Tennessee, the Rev. Latishia James-Portis of Georgia, the Rev. Stephen Griffith of Nebraska, the Rev. Elle Dowd of Illinois, and the Rev. Tim Kutzmark of California.

“As a clergyperson who discovered my call to ministry within a Planned Parenthood, it was a no-brainer,” Zeh told Religion News Service. She said she felt moved to pro-abortion work while volunteering as an abortion doula at a Planned Parenthood while in seminary. “There are so few of us who are people of faith who are willing to be bold and audacious about supporting reproductive freedom because of our faith.”

Saulsberry, who runs the pro-abortion SisterReach, said you “can’t put a price” on the role of faith-based pro-abortion groups. “As leaders of faith and as clergy, we are to stand and speak out loud — as loud as other clergy — in support of reproductive health, rights, and justice.”

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