Clergy among advocates suing Texas over new law deputizing citizens to enforce abortion ban


(RNS) — As an interfaith minister, the Rev. Erika Forbes guides people contemplating abortion. She said she doesn’t tell women what they should or shouldn’t do, instead she listens and reflects to help them make their own decision. “It is critical that clergy provide a safe space for a woman to come and discuss her … Read more

Christian attitudes surrounding abortion have a more nuanced history than current events suggest


(The Conversation) — Opponents and supporters of legal abortion in the U.S. will be watching when the Supreme Court hears Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization during its upcoming term. In this lawsuit, a Mississippi women’s health center has challenged the constitutionality of a 2018 state law banning abortions after the first 15 weeks of … Read more

As Catholics mull Communion for politicians, Jews should look again at abortion issue


(RNS) — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently voted to create guidelines that might bar President Joe Biden, because of his support for a woman’s choice to end a pregnancy, from receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed in May to hear a contest to a Mississippi law banning … Read more

Common ground on abortion is staring us right in the face


(RNS) — The past couple of months have been difficult ones in the Catholic Church. No sooner had the Supreme Court decided to take up legal challenges to Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban than the U.S. bishops’ June meeting exposed the wrestling that had been going on in the conference about abortion politics, unity in the … Read more

Biden v US Catholic bishops: Politics Weekly Extra


Last week the US Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to move foward with plans to draw up new guidance on the eucharist, which could see President Biden being banned from receiving communion due to his stance on abortion. Why are they doing this? And what impact will it actually have? Jonathan Freedland speaks to Tom … Read more

Biden threatened with communion ban over position on abortion


Roman Catholic bishops in the US have voted to press ahead with moves that could result in Joe Biden being banned from receiving communion because of his stance on abortion, and that risks increasing tensions in a divided church. After three days of online debate, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted by three … Read more

After politically charged debate, bishops vote to draft controversial Communion document


(RNS) — Members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have voted to draft a document on the Eucharist, green lighting a controversial effort championed by a group of conservative clerics who have called for denying Communion to President Joe Biden and other Catholic Democrats who support abortion rights. The vote was announced Friday (June … Read more

Catholics for Choice looks to reach more Latinos with new Spanish-language platforms


(RNS) — The nonprofit Catholics for Choice, which supports abortion rights, is seeking to further reach Latino Catholics in the U.S. by launching Spanish-language social media platforms. The group announced the launch in early June, but its new Spanish-language Twitter and Instagram, which amplify the organization’s campaigns and events, have been active since about early … Read more

From abortion and porn to women and race: How Southern Baptist Convention resolutions have evolved


(The Conversation) — The Southern Baptist Convention will convene its annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 15, 2021, in what could be the most consequential such get-together in recent memory. Just 15 years ago, the SBC boasted some 16.3 million members across the United States. However, it is hemorrhaging members. According to data released … Read more

‘Unique problem’: Catholic bishops split over Biden’s support for abortion rights


At some point this weekend, Joe Biden will take his place in a line of people approaching the altar of a Catholic church to receive communion. The US president, a devout Catholic whose speeches regularly include biblical references and who carries a rosary that belonged to his late son, attends Mass every weekend – in … Read more