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?”
Since evangelical youth have essentially the same career aspirations as everyone else, these kids need to understand how their bodies work so that ill-timed pregnancies don’t derail their plans.
When does a legal right become theoretical instead of real? If you want to know the answer, take a look at what’s happening to reproductive rights.
I spent my formative years believing my body, my life and my choices were not my own, but a kind of joint property between myself, God, my parents and my church friends and family. As such, my body and my behavior was up for discussion and judgment. Is it any wonder then, that I’m afraid, as a single woman, to be pregnant?
There are so many surveys about abortion that it’s practically a cottage industry, but the newest – by The Public Religion Research Institute of Washington, DC – suggests intriguing and fresh approaches that can help advocates make a more compelling case.
As a member of the clergy, I provide many hours of pastoral care to women and families in the congregations and communities where I minister. The clergy experience confirms that these women come to their decisions with a sense of responsibility for themselves, their families, their other children, and their goals in life.
A report released by the Guttmacher Institute yesterday shows that while religious affiliation may play some role in decisions regarding sexual behavior, it has little to do with whether women (married and unmarried) use contraception.
Earlier this month, the New York City Council passed a bill which requires limited service pregnancy centers, also known as crisis pregnancy centers, to disclose the services they do and don’t provide. These centers which are not health care facilities, have a history of lying to women and disseminating misinformation in service to their anti-abortion agenda.
The American Life League’s newest TV ad opposing our federal safety net program for family planning, Title X, features…a little bunny. Planned Parenthood’s ad focuses on a woman who received life-saving medical care from a Planned Parenhood health center. We’re fighting cute little bunnies now?
HR 358, the bill which does anything but protect life, is on its way to a full vote in the House of Representatives where legislators can vote on whether a pregnant woman has more of a right to life than a provider has to his or her religious belief.