Vice President Kamala Harris seemed to insist this past Friday that the American public can stand in support of abortion rights without having to “abandon their faith.”
These statements, which cropped up as the U.S. Supreme Court sits poised to possibly overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case that instated the fact that abortion was a federal right, garnered extreme and widespread criticism on the web. Quite a few key Democrats, such as President Joe Biden, Harris, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been attempting to deal with their stances going against their religious faiths due to their stated support for abortion as the decision comes closer.
“There’s nothing about this issue that would require anyone to abandon their faith,” stated Harris this past Friday. “It’s simply saying that the government should not have the ability to decide what an individual does with her own body.”
KAMALA HARRIS: "For those of us of faith, I think that we agree…there's nothing about this issue [of abortion] that will require anyone to abandon their faith" pic.twitter.com/6DsMBgqFLQ
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For groups such as evangelical Protestants, Catholics, and many Jews, the concept of abortion goes entirely against their religious tenets.
“Lord have mercy,” stated author Stephen Mansfield in a tweet. “This woman is either ignorant or deeply deceived.”
“Kamala Harris is wrong,” stated Arkansas state legislator Aaron Pilkington. “To Support abortion is to stand oppose to Christian Faith. Just ask any Bishop or Priest.”
Harris grew up living in an interfaith household, her father was a Baptist and her mother was Hindu. As discovered in an interview last year, she spoke about attending a Baptist church while growing up in the house.
“On Sundays, my mother would dress my sister, Maya, and me in our Sunday best and send us off to the 23rd Avenue Church of God in Oakland, California, where Maya and I sang in the children’s choir,” harris stated to Interfaith Youth Core. “That’s where I formed some of my earliest memories of the Bible’s teachings. It’s where I learned that ‘faith’ is a verb and that we must live it, and show it, in action.”
Additionally, Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff is Jewish, and the pair, which officially married back in 2014, takes strides to observe both Jewish Christian traditions.
The General Board of American Baptist Churches for the U.S.A stands in opposition to abortion in almost all cases, as stated in a declaration from 1988.
“As American Baptists we oppose abortion, as a means of avoiding responsibility for conception; as a primary means of birth control; and without regard for the far-reaching consequences of the act,” stated the board.