Obama Faith Advisor to Head Pro-Abortion Religious Group

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 30, 2012   |   5:17PM   |   Washington, DC

The Obama administration has a history of hiring pro-abortion activists for top staff positions. Now, a pro-abortion former member of Obama’s faith advisory committee has taken a new position heading up a pro-abortion religious group.

The Reverend Harry Knox, a former official with the pro-abortion Human Rights Campaign who has served on the President’s faith-based commission, will begin as the head of the Religious Coalition on Reproductive Choice (RCRC) in July. The Episcopal Church pastor received rave reviews from the pro-abortion religious group.

“The Board of Directors of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Reverend Harry Knox as President and Chief Executive Officer of RCRC, the nation’s coalition of organizations from 15 denominations and faith traditions committed to reproductive rights and justice,” the group said.

Reverend Dr. Alethea Smith-Withers, Chair of the RCRC Board of Directors, said, “In the current climate of relentless attacks on abortion and birth control in the name of religion, our country needs the faith-inspired courage Reverend Knox brings to safeguarding and advancing women’s health and the dignity of all people.”

Knox says of his appointment to the pro-abortion position: “There is no more vital work to be done in this historic moment than stopping the rollback of women’s access to health care and self-determination. Women need more health care resources and options, not less.”

Although he never mentioned abortion in his statement, Knox said he would work to target youth with the pro-abortion message.

“Young people are a priority for RCRC and we look forward to an expansion of engagement with youth and young adult leaders through our Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom program. Church, temple or synagogue should be the first place people of faith and their families turn when facing difficult decisions about reproductive health,” he said.”RCRC will continue to lead in providing faith leaders the resources they need to offer responsible guidance and support. I ask for the prayers of all those who care about reproductive justice as I begin this new role.”



Institute on Religion & Democracy presdient Mark Tooley, who is pro-life, responded to the news.

“Few liberal lobbies in Washington are as shameful as RCRC, which claims God opposes any restrictions on abortion,” he said. “Seemingly withering over the past year, RCRC has found a new chief with ties to wealthy liberal donors. RCRC will need them, as almost all of its member liberal religious groups are spiraling in membership.”

Knox came under fire for attacking the Pope, who recently said that condoms are not the answer to the AIDS/HIV crisis in Africa. He called Pope Benedict XVI a liar and said he should “start telling the truth about condom use” and claimed the Catholic leader was “endangering people’s lives” and “hurting people in the name of Jesus.”