When I was growing up in a conservative Protestant church, abortion was never discussed from the pulpit. It was discussed in homes a lot.
There was a religious angle to it. Catholics, it was said, were against abortions for self serving reasons, to increase the number of their faith. Protestants were smug in their refusal to engage in such self serving politics.
Some things have changed since then, but there is still support in the religious community for the work of Planned Parenthood. It is in the liberal branches of both Protestants and Catholics. There is some frustration that Planned Parenthood does not make better use of this support.
My guess is Planned Parenthood is not comfortable getting into an industry, religion, where moral values are quite arbitrary. Yet, there are those making a moral case for abortion rights every bit as strong as the opposition.
The attached article points out Planned Parenthood’s work is very much in line with Jesus’ admonition for compassion, especially for poor children and poor families. The ability of space births allows poor people to live lives that are better and more like those of wealthier people. To not allow spacing is to prevent women from obtaining better lives.
In past years, a United Church of Christ headed a group making the religious case for abortion. The religious right has been successful in stomping down that group.
Yet, today there are stirrings of a religious case for abortion rights.
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