Episcopalian Church Priest Becomes President of National Pro-Abortion Organization

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 6, 2019   |   8:34PM   |   Washington, DC

A woman who professes to be a Christian minister is leading one of the largest pro-abortion organizations in America.

Last week, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) announced that its board appointed the very Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale as its new president. Ragsdale has been serving as interim president since 2018.

“It has been a great privilege to lead this organization for the last year and work alongside the incredible and dedicated NAF Board, staff and membership,” Ragsdale said in a statement. “Abortion providers are some of my personal heroes and modern-day saints.”

The NAF is an abortion training and advocacy group whose work openly defies Christian teachings about human value. It claims to promote “quality abortion care” through “accredited” education and training programs for abortion providers, and it boasts that Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion chain in America, is one of its members.

Ragsdale is an Episcopal priest whose work in abortion advocacy goes back many years. In 2012, LifeNews reported about how she testified against a Florida bill that would have protected children by making it a crime to transport a minor across state lines to circumvent state laws requiring parental consent for an abortion. Such laws help to prevent the sexual exploitation of children.

According to her biography at NAF, Ragsdale has promoted abortion in front of numerous state legislatures and spoke at the 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington, D.C. She also served on the national board of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, a pro-abortion group that uses clergy to try to legitimize the killing of unborn babies in abortions.

“Rev. Ragsdale has preached about how abortion is a blessing and has been active in clinic defense work and other activities to support abortion providers for more than 35 years,” her biography states.

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Sue Carlisle, board chair of NAF, said they believe Ragsdale is the “best person for the job.”

“In her short time at NAF, Katherine has demonstrated her unwavering commitment to serving our members and her great vision for the future of NAF, the NAF Hotline Fund, and NAF Canada,” Carlisle said.

Despite its claims of being a caring, quality organization, NAF has been caught in the midst of numerous scandals, including the undercover investigation of baby body parts sales by the Center for Medical Progress and Philadelphia abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell.

In 2009, Gosnell applied for membership in the NAF but was rejected because of the dismal quality of his abortion facility. However, the NAF apparently never reported the horrific things it saw at Gosnell’s abortion facility to authorities. A few years later, Gosnell was convicted of murdering newborn babies, contributing to the death of a patient and numerous other abortion-related crimes.

Ragsdale is not helping women or families through her new role at NAF, nor is she following the Christian faith that she claims to practice. Abortions hurt families and destroy babies’ lives, and Christianity teaches that every human life is valuable and worthy of protection.