Christian author Jen Hatmaker has spoken out in support of abortion as the potential overturning of Roe v Wade is going though the US Supreme Court.
“I’ve sat quietly with the leaked news of the Roe v Wade reversal for two days,” she wrote last week. “Spent time in panicked group texts with my closest women and colleagues. Listened and watched and tried to get centered before offering anything to my community, because my first reaction to something this big is generally emotional and half-baked.
“There are a dozen terrifying implications here (the destabilization and politicization of the Supreme Court overturning settled law with double precedence stands out), but what I want to focus on is the immediate, disproportionate harm this will cause women. And not just emotional harm; physical and legal harm.
“As unambiguously proven by data, making abortion illegal doesn’t lower abortion rates,” she said. “It simply makes them more dangerous. And dangerous for whom? 1-in-4 American women have had an abortion, so…dangerous for your daughters, your sisters, your best friends, your colleagues, your neighbors, your church friends, and of course those of you reading with your quiet, private personal history here, as it should be, yourself. It will be disproportionately dangerous for women of color and under-resourced women, as all social ills are.”
According to an exclusive story on Politico, the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade when ruling on the Dobbs v. Jackson in June.
An alleged draft of the majority opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito and leaked to Politico, states that, “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” because of which, “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled.”
However, Hatmaker believes that women have the right to make the choice with their bodies. “Abortion is a choice women make for endless personal reasons including the health of the mother, the health of the baby, rape, incest, viability, financial instability, a dangerous home environment, lack of help, and of course reasons that are theirs alone…as are their bodies,” she continued.
“This is intensely personal and private, and women deserve agency and choice not only with their bodies but over the decision to parent for the rest of their lives. Anti-abortion advocates have every right to their convictions, but those convictions should only apply to their bodies, their families, and their futures.
“Worth noting is that the legislative opponents to Roe are largely participating in the political theater because if this rabid energy was genuine if it had any integrity, it would come baked in with the fiercest and staunchest advocacy for free birth control, comprehensive sex education, maternal health care, paid maternity leave, subsidized child care, affordable housing, marriage counseling and family support systems, guaranteed food security, victims’ rights for all the rape and incest survivors forced to carry their abuser’s baby, subsidized medical care for all the women forced to carry a baby to the detriment of their own health or that of their baby, life insurance for the families whose mothers died in forced childbirth, and every conceivable support for a mother, baby, and family from birth until forever.
“Adoption agencies would be overflowing with advocates prepared to raise these children. This would make sense alongside the fanatical crusade against reproductive rights because everyone is… so concerned about the babies.”
The Roe v Wade story is quickly diving the nation. Joe Biden has since weighed in, stating that the right to an abortion comes from being a “child of God”. Franklin Graham, however, quickly chimed in, stating abortion is “murder”.
Image of Jen Hatmaker courtesy Thomas Nelson