What does it mean to use pro-life language when the subject of violence against clinics, even the murder of doctors is a present reality today? One condoned by many on the right today?
"Those few abortionists were shot, or, depending on your point of view, had a procedure with a rifle performed on them. I'm not justifying it, but I do understand how it happened." Ann Coulter The fact that this statement didn't raise the public ire is alarming.
And then there's Wiley Drake. He was awarded the post of second vice president of the Southern Baptist convention. In the past he defended the actions Jim Kopp, a man who killed a doctor who performed abortions and is believed to have killed four other doctors as well.
Yes, a head official in the largest protestant church in the US has defended an assassin. That's worth sitting with. What does that say about that church or the church in general? And our supreme court has ruled that a woman's health is irrelevant when it comes to abortion.
It seems to me that the mainline protestant church cannot sit by the sidelines anymore. We can't just pass a pro-choice resolution and send some money to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and think our job has been done.
Rather the church needs to be fully engaged with this issue. It should be treated as key as any other justice concern. Even from liberal churches, there is not much national what less local church engagement with an issue that can mean the life and death of women. That needs to change.