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Guest Marjorie Signer

Contact: Marjorie Signer of Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice 202-628-7700 ext. 12, or msigner@rcrc.org


WASHINGTON, DC /U.S. Newswire/ -- The largest and most diverse religious contingent ever assembled for a pro-choice march will gather under the banner of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) Sunday, April 25, at the March for Women's Lives.


People of faith are responding in unprecedented numbers to the call of the March for justice and equality, said RCRC President Rev. Carlton W. Veazey, a Baptist pastor. These are basic values that are shared by Christians, Jews, Unitarian Universalists, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and many other faiths, he said.


"For women, justice and equality requires the ability to make moral decisions, including reproductive decisions," he said.


Beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, more than 70 religious and religiously affiliated organizations and congregations will come together in Washington at the Capitol Reflecting Pool area, between 1st and 3rd streets NW, and Maryland and Pennsylvania avenues, NW.


The RCRC Prayerfully Pro-Choice Interfaith Worship Service will start at 9:30 a.m. with songs, prayers, and meditations from more than a dozen traditions. Participants include Rabbi Sally Priesand, the first woman rabbi; Rev. William G. Sinkford, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations; Ms. Genie Bank, President of the 1-million member Women's Division of the United Methodist Church; Rev. Loey Powell of the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries; and Muslim, Buddhist, and Sikh leaders.


Religious events on Saturday, April 24, include: The Coalition's 24-hour prayer vigil, starting at 10 a.m. at the Capitol Reflecting Pool area, with prayers, meditations, songs, and poems submitted by people from throughout the country. Catholics for a Free Choice Vatican Embassy Protest and Rally, 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Dinner and Ingathering, 5:30p.m., All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard Street NW, Washington DC, with former Senator Carol Moseley Braun. Havdalah Service, 8 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, sponsored by Reform Jewish organizations.


The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, founded in 1973, is the national coalition of organizations from 15 denominations, including the Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church USA, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, Unitarian Universalist Association, and Reform and Conservative Judaism. More information about religious participation in the March for Women's Lives is available on http://www.rcrc.org

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