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PARO Issues Response to Attacks on Planned Parenthood

Many people of conscience have been distressed by the recent campaign to discredit Planned Parenthood through the release of heavily edited and secretly recorded conversations between Planned Parenthood staff and anti-abortion activists. The Rev. Mark Pawlowski, a member of the leadership team from Presbyterians Affirming Reproductive Options (PARO) has written a thoughtful and well-researched response to the accusations that were made. 

Dispelling the Myth: Fetal Tissue Research

and Planned Parenthood

by Rev. Mark R Pawlowski

PARO Leadership Team

PARO (Presbyterians Affirming Reproductive Options) believes that women are competent moral agents capable of making their own reproductive decisions. In today's climate, with women's reproductive health and rights under assault, the work of PARO in the church and the world is critical.


As a network of PHEWA, PARO resources Presbyterians on PCUSA policy at every level of the denomination; from local congregations to presbyteries and synods to thGeneral Assembly itself.  Our mission is to bear witness to the right of women to make their own, informed decisions about reproductive health issues.  Click here for a Q & A on the Presbyterian Church and issues of choice. Click here to read more about reproductive choice through the lens of Reformed Theology.

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A history of PARO:
      Presbyterians Being Faithful

to a Woman’s Right to Choose

One individual's story

I was working my way through high school (1965) in the lab of a small rural hospital in Idaho. I was “on call” one night when a local farmer came running into the emergency room; his wife was bleeding to death in the cab of his pick up truck. . .

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