The draconian law passed by the Texas legislature and governor and tacitly approved by the very unsupreme court not only forbids abortion for seven million women in the state of Texas but also unleashes a tsunami of vigilantes who can get rich quick by suing anyone and everyone who dare to interact with women seeking an abortion.
The state promises them $10,000 apiece if they can headhunt women and their aides seeking an abortion—and the promise extends to any citizen in the entire United States.
Yet the current Supreme Court remained silent on the matter and apparently thinks that’s just hunky dory. What this will do to clogging up judicial courts throughout Texas when the head-hunters go on the prowl is anyone’s guess, but it won’t be pretty. And how many lives and families it destroys financially doesn’t seem to matter either.
In light of this abomination of legislation, from the same state legislature that just passed the most draconian anti-voting bill since the Jim Crow days, I want to share portions of my article that I wrote for a Catholic magazine last year named Conscience which is dedicated to examining contemporary issues. My article was called “Moving Beyond the Abortion Fixation: Some Theological Context.”
My position on abortion is the same it was some twenty years ago when I was lecturing in a Methodist church on creation spirituality and one woman asked, during the q and a, “what is Creation Spirituality’s position on abortion?” My answer was something like this:
In principle I am against abortion because I think we should be conservative about life in all its forms; but I am not against people who have abortions–it is my experience that the decision is never easy for women to make and that circumstances are often dire in committing oneself to a twenty year commitment to provide for another child. Moreover, I am even more against allowing men (especially politicians) telling women what to do with their bodies.
With that answer I received a sustained standing ovation.
To be continued
See Matthew Fox, “Moving Beyond the Abortion Fixation: Some Theological Context,” in Conscience: The Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion, vol. xli—no. 2, 2020, pp. 24-28; or www/consciencemag.org.
Also see Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society
Banner Image: Protest by the Northern Texas Light Brigade, 2013. Photo by Steve Rainwater on Flickr.
To read the written transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Queries for Contemplation
What is your response to this latest news from the Texas legislator and governor and the enabling by the “supreme” court? How do you feel about the right of male politicians to control the bodies of women? And the invitation to give $10,000 to anyone anywhere who wants to hunt down women or their allies in Texas who seek an abortion even in the case of incest and rape?
“Wisdom, Grace, Love” – a 3-part online lecture series by Caroline Myss, Andrew Harvey, and Matthew Fox, September 8, 15, and 22, 3:00-4:30 pm Pacific (GMT/UTC-7). Learn more HERE.