A Christian author is making the case that the pro-life movement’s focus on presidential elections and the U.S. Supreme Court is misguided and that the person in the White House is not the key to reducing abortions.
Skye Jethani, a pastor and author who co-hosts the “Holy Post” podcast with “VeggieTales” creator Phil Vischer, released a video, titled “What About Abortion? Should this one issue determine how Christians vote?”
“For almost 50 years, Christians have been told that who you support for president will either save or sacrifice the lives of unborn babies,” he began. “This has led a lot of pro-life Christians to become ‘single issue voters,’ willing to overlook everything else about a candidate as long as they’re against abortion.”
According to Jethani, the aforementioned pro-life Christians subscribe to the argument that “my vote determines the president, the president nominates justices to the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court can overturn Roe v. Wade and overturning Roe will make abortion illegal and save babies.”
He went on to explain “why your vote for president might not impact abortion the way you think.”
Jethani shared three assumptions about abortion, the first being that “a Republican president will appoint pro-life justices to the Supreme Court to end abortion.” He noted that Republicans have made most of the Supreme Court appointments in the last half-century and that the court has only affirmed Roe during that time.
The 7-2 Roe v. Wade decision was made when six out of the nine justices were appointed by a Republican president. And among the two who dissented, one was Democrat-appointed Justice Byron White.
White, appointed by President John F. Kennedy, also dissented in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, in which five Republican-appointed justices agreed to uphold Roe.
Jethani pointed to the more recent decision this year by Chief Justice John Roberts to strike down a Louisiana law, that some say could have forced most of the state’s abortion clinics to close, as evidence that it’s unlikely that “the court will ever overturn Roe no matter how many conservatives are on it.”
Addressing the assumption that “overturning Roe is the key to ending abortion,” Jethani argued that “the Roe decision in 1973 did not legalize abortion” and that “simply reversing Roe wouldn’t make it illegal.” He contended that in 1972, the year before Roe, nearly 600,000 abortions were performed legally in the U.S. and “that number doesn’t account for the number of abortions that were unreported or performed by unlicensed doctors.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ryan Foley