Senior Minister of Judson Memorial Church (New York, NY)
Pro to the question "Should Abortion Be Legal?"
"Women are moral agents. Women are capable of making soulful, moral decisions about their own bodies. Assuming that a woman cannot decide for herself if and when to bear a child demeans women. Mandatory childbearing makes the woman a hostage to the will of others -- those unfamiliar with her story, her life experience and her needs, and may have disastrous consequences for the children. Medical choices, like terminating a pregnancy, are medically available. Other life sustaining medical procedures are not considered immoral. Why the complaint against abortion?
Our faith tradition teaches soul competency, a Baptist principle that is violated in restricting the right to choose an abortion. Our forebears suffered greatly, even to the point of death, to express their conviction that no one stands between the individual and God...
As Christians, as Baptists, we wearily say, the right to choose a medical procedure is also a woman's right. It has to do fundamentally with the freedom of our souls to practice our religion and morality in our own ways."
"Most Women under 40 Haven't Heard the Pro-Choice Moral Argument," huffingtonpost.com, Dec. 4, 2013
Experts Individuals with MDs, PhDs, ThDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to abortion. Also top-level federal government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to abortion.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Senior Minister, Judson Memorial Church (New York, NY), 2005-present
Congregation/Nonprofit Consultant, Bricks Without Straw Consultation Service
Instructor, "Parish Ministry in the 21st Century," Union Theological Seminary
Blogger, Huffington Post
Preacher and Teacher in Residence, Stanford University, 2011
Executive Director, Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, 2004
Fund Raising Consultant, Still Speaking Initiative, The United Church of Christ, 2004
Senior Pastor, Coral Gables Congregational Church (Coral Gables, FL), 2000-2004
Associate Conference Minister, Western Area Massachusetts Conference, 1993-2000
Pastor, First Congregational Church (Riverhead, NY), 1987-1993
Executive Director, The Urban Academy in Chicago, 1983-1987
Pastor, First Congregational Church (Amherst, MA), 1980-1983
Associate Chaplain, Yale University, 1976-1980
Urban Minister, Tabernacle Church (Philadelphia, PA), 1974-1976
Associate Pastor, First Congregational Church (Tucson, AZ), 1972-1974
DMin, Hartford Seminary, 2000
MDiv, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, 1973
Recipient, Free Speech Award, People for the American Way, 2004
Member, Board of Directors, United Church of Christ, Florida Conference, 2003
Recipient, Garden Golden Globe Writing Award, 2003
Recipient, American College of Preachers Award, 2000
Recipient, Sonoma County Writer’s Award,1995
"[Schaper] has continued Judson’s legacy as a haven for women who insist on the right to choose an abortion and opened the building to countless groups, including Hudson River Clearwater, Domestic Workers and Sex workers organizations, while maintaining its work on harm reduction kits, support for GLBTQ people and especially for homeless gay youth." "Senior Minister Donna Schaper," judson.org (accessed May. 5, 2014)