Right in the heart of the Bible belt, a pro-abortion advocacy group has paid for a highly controversial message to be plastered above a busy highway: “people of faith love those who love abortion.”
Now, first of all, this message could be very consistent with biblical teachings: yes, we ought to love those who have abortions, particularly those who have been deceived into believing that they terminated a “clump of cells” rather than a baby.
But does that mean that we love abortion?
This deceptive wording seems to be deliberate, but make no mistake, Oklahoma Call for Reproductive Justice is definitely trying to argue that people of faith can support abortion.
Their squishy and poorly defended argument appears on their website:
In nearly every major faith tradition there are circumstances when abortion is an accepted and respected choice. There are even times when it is a mandate. When individuals seek to universally end or limit abortion rights for all women based on a particular understanding of God, faith, or religion, others suffer. Just as some faithful may choose not to end a pregnancy based on an understanding of faith and God, others may choose abortion consistent with the teachings of faith and under the guidance of a loving relationship with God.Advertisement - story continues below
The intersection of faith and abortion in Oklahoma is powerful and deserves to be examined in a more honest and inclusive way than what we have witnessed in recent local debate. Anti-choice folks do not represent the only faith perspective on abortion, in fact far from it. In short, we believe you can support abortion rights because of your faith, not in spite of it.
As you can see, there is absolutely no evidence given for when a religion ay “mandate” abortion, and while I’m unsure about the Islamic sources or Hindu or Buddhist religious texts, I can certainly tell you this is never the case in the biblical text.
— KATV News (@KATVNews) September 20, 2018