Worthwhile Reads: Pro-Choice Christians

There are several ways to fight back against laws limiting women’s reproductive choice, one being the emphasis on women’s right to bodily integrity and another being contending the idea that a zygote/fetus is a “person.” The problem, though, is that a substantial percentage of the population tie their belief that abortion must be outlawed to the Bible. When this happens, we can emphasize the importance of the separation of church and state, but for many that won’t be enough.

This is why I appreciate the work done by pro-choice Christians who point out that the “the Bible says life begins at conception” and “the Bible condemns abortion” crowd are skating on thin ice. Pro-choice Christians need to be louder and more vocal, and need to work to combat the connection so many make between Christianity and anti-abortion politics. I’ve noticed a couple articles recently trying to do just that, and thought I’d share them:

I’m Pro-Choice and Christian, Ask Me How, in Persephone Magazine.

Personhood Laws and the Abolition of Birthdays, by the Slacktivist.

When Demons Are Real
Anonymous Tip: In Which Gwen Loses Casey
Monogamy Isn’t Biblical, It’s Roman
Sorting Out the Good from the Bad
About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • machintelligence

    If life begins at conception can pregnant women use the HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes before they give birth? */sarcasm*

    • rq

      Only if she’s having twins.

  • http://momstinfoilhat.wordpress.com MomTFH

    Thaks for sharing these links. Don’t forget the Religious Coalition for Reporductive Choice, whose website (I think) is RCRC.org. I have worked with them as a member of medical students for choice. They have great resources on their website, including sex education materials and lots of Information showing compatibility of religion and reproductive freedom.

  • kevinalexander

    I liked how she pointed out that Mary consented to bear the child. You could write a whole story about this.

    The angel of the Lord came to a young woman sitting alone in her garden and said

    “I bring you tidings of great joy. The Lord has chosen you to bear His Son to bring light and salvation to the world”

    “Umm… great. It’s just that I don’t think I could handle it, no offense or anything”

    “No, that’s OK, the Lord’s not too pushy about these things”

    The angel goes back up and says “Another one passed, who’s next on the list? Mary? OK let’s’s try this again”

    • ArachneS

      I would read that story… I love religious/mythology based fiction. :)