HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — For decades, abortion rights have deeply divided religious people in Alabama.
Church leaders also agree that human life is sacred from conception to creation. However, Alabama state leaders disagree on how the government is using the Church’s beliefs about abortion.
Reverend Dexter Strong of Monte Sano United Methodist Church in Huntsville says the religious conversation began in the 19th century after a surgeon single-handedly led the American medical and spiritual establishment in the fight against abortion.
“Horacio Storer and a small group of doctors sought to reframe ideas about safe, free, and private abortions,” Strong told News 19. “Their premises were largely based on the idea that America should be alarmed by the influx of immigrants birth to people who did not resemble those responsible.
Other religious leaders teach that the law restricting abortion passed at the request of Horacio Storer was largely in place until it was overturned by Roe vs. Wade in 1973.
“Christian bodies sought to ally themselves with institutions of power to control a cultural agenda,” Strong noted.
Strong says conservative Christian justices, who hold the checks and balances on the US Supreme Court, have used religion to undermine a woman’s right to choose. He believes that religious leaders should not give moral authority to government officials.
“We need religious leaders who are committed to compassion, love and justice to guide these conversations with their followers without government involvement,” Strong said.
Alabama’s abortion ban carries stiff penalties for violations.
Pastor AR Bernard of the Christian Cultural Center said in a tweet: “Elected officials must respond in a thoughtful and compassionate way, protecting the life of the unborn child, without treating women who seek abortion as criminals.
“I don’t think there’s ever been a time when a politician decides what’s Christian and what’s not,” Strong said. “It’s my job, not theirs.”
Jewish organizations responded to our request for interviews for this article by saying that the court’s decision on Roe vs. Wade led to religious violations against Jewish women and their right to reproductive health.
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