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The Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health & Ethics

The Sacred Choices Initiative

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   The Sacred Choices Initiative is a worldwide issues campaign aimed at expanding scholarly and lay perceptions of the positions of the world's religions on contraception and abortion. The goal is to change the international discourse on family planning and open the way to a more informed and humane stance on woman's rights within a religious context. The campaign was organized by a group of international religious scholars from various religions known as The Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health and Ethics. The Consultation is advised by a council of recognized experts on population and health.

   The book Sacred Choices: The Right to Contraception and Abortion in Ten World Religions, by Daniel Maguire, is the centerpiece for this global effort. However this initiative also includes:

   Chicago-based WTTW-TV and Milwaukee's THE DUNCAN GROUP, INC. are presently working on a co-production of a new public television documentary in which our work for Sacred Choices is being presented;

   A series of symposia in Egypt and Chile, beginning in 2002, which will address the issues surrounding the Sacred Choices Initiative;

   The Religious Consultation (TRC) web site will provide users with instant access to the organizers and serve as a bridge between online and offline activities of the campaign.

   Most people have been led to believe that contraception and abortion are forbidden by their religion. There are other teachings in these same religions that give followers the moral freedom to choose. Sacred Choices seeks to make these suppressed teachings widely known.

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