GNW Area Conference members affirm statement on reproductive rights


As they gathered in a shared closing plenary session, a new statement was presented for consideration by Rev. Ruth Marston-Bihl (PNW), Rev. Nico Reijns (Alaska) and Rev. Eilidh Lowery (OR-ID). The statement asked members to support access to vital reproductive healthcare a day after the Supreme Court announced its overturning of Roe v. Wade. The court’s ruling allows states to restrict access to abortion, with at least one state in the GNW likely to do so within the month.

By an overwhelming margin, lay and clergy members of the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conferences voted to affirm the following statement.

Responding quickly to the member’s affirmation of this statement, an online giving page has been established to allow GNW Area members to support conference and area staff, clergy and their family members who may be impacted by this restriction of reproductive freedom. To give online, visit or text the code “GNWCHOICE” to 44-321 on your mobile device.

If you missed today’s closing plenary, worship, and celebration of Bishop Stanovsky’s anticipated retirement at the end of the year, you can view a recording on YouTube. Members of each conference will receive more information about their week of conferencing in the coming days.

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