The groups pledged to “vigorously resist” the alleged religious freedom violations in D.C.’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act—but the violations they complain about aren’t actually in the law.
It’s commonly claimed that it’s a Christian duty to abolish abortion, in accordance with a Biblical teaching that abortion is a sin. However, one Christian’s reading of the Bible poses challenges to that assumption, instead turning up some eye-opening Biblical views on terminating a pregnancy.
The War on Women fights to take away a women’s rights to make decisions for their own lives, instead granting male leaders the sole authority to dictate their allowable actions. This injustice is furthered by a common Fundamentalist Christian idea that a woman can’t be entrusted with authority even over themselves. If we take another look at the Bible, however, we’ll have to confront this idea with the example of a woman whom Christ himself had entrusted with the authority to bear his message: Mary Magdalene
To keep the #WaronWomen going, warmongers depend on convincing congregations of American Christians that the Bible commands them to seize control of a woman’s right to her own life. If we are to fight back effectively, we must have the patience and strength to forge personal connections, showing them that there is another, Christian way.
Over and over and over again people tell me to leave religion out of the debate over abortion. “Many Christians believe in the right to abortion, at least in cases of rape or incest,” I am often told, “So, why alienate them by bringing up religion?”
Sarah Jones conducts an interview with Vyckie Garrison about why she walked away from the biblical patriarchal Quiverfull movement and the impact she thinks the movement has on far-right politics.
What do People For the American Way, National Organization for Women, Feminist Majority Foundation, Catholics for Choice, Religious Coalition for Reproductive rights and Choice have in common? the Silver Ribbon campaign to Trust Women. Join us now!
If faith-based providers want to convince us that they’re interested in the dignity of their patients, they need to stop the war on medicine.
Should you leave your faith outside the voting booth? I say no – your faith and your beliefs help shape what you care about. I am pro-choice because of my religious tradition and beliefs.