Explained: the religious freedom impacts of the Texas abortion law
Plus Catholic pilgrims killed in South Sudan, Christian adoption center splintering over LGBTQ families & more
Hi ReligionUnplugged readers,
Last week, the Supreme Court upheld a Texas “heartbeat bill” in a 5-4 decision. The law prohibits abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy. More unusually, it allows all individual citizens to enforce the law by suing anyone aiding and abetting an abortion prohibited by the law.
Our legal columnist Chelsea Langston Bombino explains what the law means for Texas and considers the effect on religious freedom. The Texas abortion law could affect the religious liberties of those providing pastoral care for women considering abortion or Jews who, in accordance with Jewish teaching, seek an abortion to save the life of the mother.
“Let’s pray there are religious and spiritual leaders and institutions on all sides of this issue willing to offer vulnerable women, and their unborn babies, social, spiritual and material support that will encourage them not only to choose life but to live it abundantly, for them and their children,” she writes.
See you next week.
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