Ranging from misogynistic comments about how women shouldn’t be ordained religious leaders to threats of hellfire and damnation for anyone who doesn’t buy into their fundamentalist Christian rhetoric against reproductive freedom, the kinds of hate-filled responses that occupied our Facebook comments section over that weekend were pretty disgusting.
To hate evil, love good, and do justice — to love God and our neighbor as we love ourselves — is to understand people need choices. Need free will. Need to be able to pick what is best for them, their families, and their futures for their unique situation.
We are proud to announce that our Executive Director Elaina Ramsey has received a prestigious fellowship from Auburn Seminary’s 2019 CrossCurrents Research Colloquium. As a scholar-activist, her research and writing will focus on “The Gospel ‘Good News’ of Abortion: Toward an Evangelical Theology of Reproductive Justice.”
Unlicensed and unregulated, the typical fake clinic provides educational materials about pregnancy and abortion that are manipulative, misleading, and often downright false. Using any means necessary, these businesses try to scare pregnant persons and their families into continuing their pregnancy no matter the risk to the pregnant person or the possible adverse health outcomes for their families.
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” 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.
H.B. 90 would impose numerous resource-intensive obligations on the Ohio Department of Education that are likely to be costly, time-consuming, and difficult to implement. And yet, this bill does nothing to address the current shortcoming in the current sex education offered in Ohio.
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.
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.
On behalf of Ohio’s faithfully pro-choice communities, I ask you to do the right thing and to oppose this extreme and immoral bill.