Word & Witness: An Interview with Rev. Vanessa Myers-Dudley

Word & Witness: An Interview with Rev. Vanessa Myers-Dudley

My faith says controlling poor people isn’t righteous, and that if your religion does harm to others it’s not real religion. Christ was constantly fighting against the social powers of his time, not so that he could be in control of others, but rather to bring liberation to all people. That’s my theology: liberation and empowerment.

'God Sent the Shooter' & Other Lies by Religious Extremists

'God Sent the Shooter' & Other Lies by Religious Extremists

“God Sent the Shooter” is the root theological statement of the anti-abortion movement. It claims a position that is so absolute and so decisive, even the mercy and grace of almighty God is swallowed up in its wrathful, hateful vengeance. It is the rallying cry of every extremist who seeks to steal a person’s right to an abortion.

Why House Bill 90 Lacks Scientific, Educational, and Moral Integrity

Why House Bill 90 Lacks Scientific, Educational, and Moral Integrity

While it is certainly the right of every Ohioan to vigorously contend for their ideology and convictions within the greater public discourse in our state, it is another matter entirely when ideology and convictions are promoted using the resources of the state for the purpose of indoctrination or persuasion. House Bill 90 in its current form does exactly that.

Remember These Faces

Remember These Faces

No matter what happens with the six-week abortion ban, know that we will never stop fighting for you and for all Ohioans to access the reproductive health care you need and deserve.

Where is the Consistent Ethic of Life in Senate Bill 23?

Where is the Consistent Ethic of Life in Senate Bill 23?

God's call to care for the vulnerable means that we should look first to the actual persons who are already breathing in this world. In domestic violence situations, men often withhold contraception as a way to control their partners. Forcing a birth isn't going to do anything about that.

Senate Bill 23 Strips Away Women's Moral Agency

Senate Bill 23 Strips Away Women's Moral Agency

Senate Bill 23 is not about life or love. It is not about compassion for the unborn. It is a punitive measure that seeks to enforce a fundamentalist, sexist religious agenda on the women of Ohio and, as such, it must be defeated.

Why the Six-Week Abortion Ban is Cruel and Heartless

Why the Six-Week Abortion Ban is Cruel and Heartless

My faith teaches that it is a gift from God that a woman can have a safe and legal abortion if she believes that is best for her and her situation. So whose moral, spiritual, and scientific belief should prevail in Ohio?

SB 23: An Affront to Jewish Values & Practices

SB 23: An Affront to Jewish Values & Practices

It is dark and dangerous to substitute the moral posture of certain legislators (based solely on those lawmakers’ religious beliefs vs. medical or public health concerns) for a woman’s own judgment, spiritual and theological discernment, and deliberation about her own physical and mental health and how her reproductive choices impact her future.