What caught my attention the other day was a clip that highlighted religious pro-choicers in Louisville, Kentucky. Women from an array of different faiths have gathered in order to challenge the pro-life movement and to put forward the argument that they are pro-choice partly because of their faith. These women have organized and come together in order to, often with the support of religious authorities, claim that the Bible does not say that abortion is illegal.
Jo Ann Dale, a board member of the Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (KRCRC), who represented the group for the interview, stated that a pro-choice attitude is definitely compatible with religion and religious views. She further said that: “The angel did not say that you are going to be the mother of God, the angel said: are you willing to do this? She had the choice”. Thereby, pro-choice is encouraged in the Bible and is definitely accepted.
I like this interpretation because it does not pressure women who hold a religious belief to accept a pregnancy that they are not ready for or do not want. Instead, it shows women that they are allowed a choice. In my opinion, pro-choice legislation is beneficial for all. The women who are pro-life go on with their pregnancies and do not need to worry about abortion for themselves, since they do not support it. Women who are pro-choice are allowed to avail of abortion services if they want to and need to. Win-win situation. I also like that this organization is providing support to women with the backing of rabbis and priests that share these opinions. Therefore, religious authorities are able to ensure these women that they are allowed a choice.