The View from the Clergy – An Important Perspective

An important new article from ThinkProgress on the role clergy can play in making sure we all have access to the healthcare we need.

The Catholic woman who says she’s “pro-life,” yet had an abortion is not atypical.  As the article points out, more women who describe theselves as religious have abortions than women who describes themselves as nonreligious.

Through it all, people who support reproductive health services will continue to work hard to protect every woman’s right to make this decision privately and in consultation with physicians they trust.



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One thought on “The View from the Clergy – An Important Perspective

  1. KAC

    An interesting article but it’s not news. The cognitive dissonance displayed by the woman in the featured vignette would be expected when pragmatic considerations (aka, reality) are stared in the face: the conflict with abstract dogma becomes glaringly evident. It’s along the same lines as anti-“big government” protesters carrying “Keep government hands off my Medicare” signs. Doesn’t make sense but when it’s your own welfare in the line, why not?

    As for the figures. They may be accurate but they are misleading. Given that the overwhelming majority of people are “religious” here in the US, it’s not too surprising that a greater number of abortions are performed on “believers” vs. non-believers. Percentages would be more helpful in interpreting the statistics.

    I rather suspect that all but the most fervent and absolutist adherents of some religion or another would nod to reality if faced with the choice of an unwanted pregnancy, especially if a serious genetic defect is known to be present or an expedient solution to what would otherwise be a life-long problem with potentially devastating and ongoing burdens, financial, emotional and social. Seemingly, religious compassion for the un-born evaporates as soon as birth occurs. How else to explain the general lack of enthusiasm for post-natal (taxpayer supported, that is) care?

    These issues are, in my opinion, reflective of the peculiarly American trend toward public displays of Puritanism coupled with aggressive marketing of churches and politicians pandering to the most vocal and strident elements of their constituency. Europeans, having dealt with centuries of meddlesome interference from churches seem to have digested a fact Americans have yet to accept (and may never do so): church-state separation is necessary in a pleuralistic society and bad outcomes are inevitable when these mutually exclusive functions are blended.


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