A current concern though is the future actions of an ultra-conservative Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade.

A fellow Lake Sun News enthusiast is concerned about the dilemma I will surely face in my pre-eternity interview with St. Peter and wondered how past congregants must have felt about my socio-political position on a woman’s right to choose. He need not be concerned. There was and is no conundrum. My faith-claim—rooted deeply in biblical exegesis—maintains my confidence that “nothing shall separate me from the love of God through Christ Jesus”. My congregants supported my right to hold progressive views.

A current concern though is the future actions of an ultra-conservative Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade. The resulting return to criminalization of abortions at any stage of fetus development will hand women over to back street butchers. 

Legislating morality is a slippery slope to navigate in a democratic society. Government properly sustains the moral compass provided in the 6th and 8th commandments. When one breaks those commandments, viable lives and property are protected.  The viable life in a decision to have an abortion during the first trimester is the woman. Legislation denying her this right and substituting it for a self-righteous moral posture violates her rights. Life-at-conception laws are not based on scientific fact and reality. They do propagate a right-wing attempt to control the rights of women and society in general. Woe be unto us when self-righteous, mono-theistic pundits start criminalizing the rest of the 10 Commandments. 

Rarely do right-wing pundits support programs to assist women in their decisions. They would rather legislate bans on personal decision than provide socio-economic support in a woman’s decision. When I participated in the Des Moines Diocese’s Emergency Fund for Life, we raised money and recruited volunteers to support young women who chose to take their pregnancy to term. This program supported young women who were forced from their homes for “shaming” their parents, school and community. Too often they had neither the governmental nor financial services to make a good choice. The fund sponsored a secure living environment during their pregnancy where they received nutrition, child-care training, pre and post-natal medical and hospital services, legal and emotional counseling and access to post birth options. Extensive government funding of Planned Parenthood and similar health care services would expand this type of program. 

POST SCRIPT: Senator Claire McCaskill’s record backs current laws which supports a woman’s right to choose and have access to good health care. My fellow reader’s interpretation of her record reflects his right to apply a religious, socio-political bias to that record. Expanded application of this bias indicates that conservative Christians would face the same dilemma in their support of a president who is a self-proclaimed xenophobe, racist, misogynist, molester, adulterer, liar and charlatan. I do not embrace that application for “… nothing in all of creation separates us from the love of God through Christ Jesus.” I am confident that all of us will have an amiable chat with St. Peter. RESIST—NOW MORE THAN EVER!