A female clergy member of the Episcopal Church has been confirmed as the new head of the National Abortion Federation (NAF).
Rev. Katherine Ragsdale had been interim President and CEO of the NAF since September 2018, but has now been confirmed as its official leader. “Abortion providers are some of my personal heroes and modern-day saints,” Ragsdale said upon news of her permanent appointment, according to LifeSite News.
Openly gay, in 2011, Ragsdale married fellow Episcopal priest, Mally Lloyd.
Pro-life campaigners were horrified at the appointing of a church leader to such a prominent position in the abortion industry. Many, however, suggested that it was not surprising to see Ragsdale take such a job.
“For decades, Katherine Ragsdale, a false prophet, has been trying to put religious vestments on child-killing,” national director of Priests for Life and president of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, Father Frank Pavone, told LifeSite. “She led the ‘Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights’ (now the ‘Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice’), which actually provides rites of blessing for parents about to kill their children, and for the facilities in which the blood is shed.”
Pavone added that ministers like Ragsdale are trying “in vain to take the stigma out of abortion.”
“They ran out of arguments a long time ago to try to justify abortion,” he said. “So now, all they have left is to disguise it in ‘spirituality.’”
As Faithwire reported earlier this year, Ragsdale has also led an initiative aimed at making it easier for women to attain abortions by providing them with pre-paid gas cards.
Ragsdale insisted that her group was simply “helping people obtain the abortion care they need.”
“In addition to helping patients cover the cost of their procedure, we also provide case management support and help covering travel-related expenses,” she said at the time. “We are always looking for ways to provide more support for patients so they can make, and act on, the best decisions for themselves and their families.”
According to World Magazine, at a 2007 gathering of pro-abortion supporters, the vicar made her stance abundantly clear, declaring: “Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Let me hear you say it: abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done.”
Ragsdale is set to make a decent amount of cash in her new position as the head of NAF. The group’s previous CEO and president, Vicki Saporta, earned a salary of $392,018 back in 2017.