Questioning abortion in the United States: The reactions of Christians

According to a draft decision that leaked to the American press, the Supreme Court of United States is preparing to cancel a historic judgment recognizing the right to abortion for almost half a century. A news that made Christians react across the country. While Evangelicals are largely rejoicing, a majority of Catholics say they remain in favor of legalizing abortion. 

The Politico news site, based on an unpublished leak of documents, said on Monday that it had obtained the draft of a majority decision written by conservative judge Samuel Alito and dated February 10.

The 98-page document, which can be negotiated until June 30, says Roe v. Wade, who in 1973 held that the US Constitution protected a woman's right to abortion, was "totally unfounded from the start".

On Tuesday, the high court confirmed the authenticity of the document.

Reaction of evangelical leaders 

according to a study published in May 2021, white American evangelicals are the most pro-life religious group in the country. They are twice as likely as the average American to want to make abortion illegal. Unsurprisingly, this news has aroused outbursts of joy on the part of evangelical leaders.

Starting with Franklin Graham, son of the famous preacher Franklin Graham, who quickly spoke on Twitter. " Glory to God ! “Wrote the evangelist, specifying that he did not know if this information was true, but that if it is the case, it is an “answer to many years of prayer”.

A few hours later, he tweeted about it again, calling on churches and Christians across the United States to pray. "The battle to defend life is not over," he wrote.

“It is truly a breathtaking development. Assuming this really remains a majority opinion – which could still change – that means we are on the verge of ending the abortion framework. Roe Casey that rocked this nation for almost 50 years. It almost feels like a dream to be able to say that,” Brent Leatherwood, acting chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, told AFP. Christianity Today.

according to CBN News, evangelical Jim Daily, president and CEO of Focus on the Family, a pro-life organization, hopes and prays that this decision is final.

"I pray that the majority of justices do indeed overrule Roe and, in doing so, help restore a state's right to protect an unborn child's right to life." »

"Answered prayers", also tweeted Pastor Greg Laurie, who believes that a "serious injustice will be corrected" if the project is completed.

“Now the church must go above and beyond to care for mothers and their children,” the pastor continued.

An opinion shared by other Christians, in particular by the author Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, who recalls on Twitter that if this law changes, “there will be many vulnerable women and children”. She calls on the church to mobilize to take care of them.

“Christians – we MUST be on the front line to care for women and children. We must work to make abortion unthinkable and unnecessary. »

A majority of Catholics favor the legalization of abortion

Monday, hundreds of people spontaneously massed in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, some to rejoice, others to protest.

The same investigation than the one mentioned above, reveals that 55% of American Catholics believe that "abortion should be legal in all or most cases", even if it goes against church teaching.

Media Catholic Sun reports the testimony of Jamie Mason, representative of the organization Catholics for Choice, who was present before the High Court. “We need the voice of faith more than ever because we are fighting religious ideology which is being codified in law,” she told a group of people.

She spoke about Catholics who, like her, believe abortion should remain a choice, including the President of the United States.

Joe Biden, a devout Catholic who attends Mass every weekend, has indeed declared that if he is personally opposed to abortion, he supports the right to choose for women.

The President released A declaration on May 3 in which he called on Americans to defend abortion at the polls in the next election.

If the leaked project is retained by the Supreme Court, the United States will return to the situation before 1973 when each state was free to prohibit or authorize abortion.

Camille Westphal Perrier

Image credit: / 010110010101101 / Rally outside the Supreme Court, May 3, 2022

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