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Last week a rising chorus of leading evangelical women called America to stop the Senate from rushing to confirm a replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. They called fellow evangelicals to “Hit Pause on the Culture Wars.” This week, a strong core of leading evangelical men join the women’s call.
Launched decades ago, the evangelical culture wars have effectively brought the nation to a turning point. The balance of the Supreme Court is poised to tip in favor of a conservative agenda for generations. Powered by a political strategy crafted in the 1980s by the Moral Majority and Christian Coalition, conservative evangelicals have eyed the Supreme Court as a prime target of its war to overturn Roe v. Wade.
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Now, on the brink of the political win that culture warriors have dreamt about for more than three decades, evangelical women and men of color and their white evangelical allies are voicing dissent. The only growing segment of the evangelical church, people of color warn: The conservative evangelical strategy to dominate the Supreme Court will result in increased abortion rates — particularly in poor communities and communities of color. What’s more, a conservative majority Supreme Court poses an existential threat to the civil rights and protections gained through the civil rights movement. Hard data proves it, and evangelicals are saying no:
Abortion rates for American women have hit an all-time low, but they’ve increased among poor women because economic hardship is the primary driver of abortion. The way to reduce abortion is not through escalating culture wars but by reducing poverty. Instead, the conservative court will continue to unravel hard won rights and freedoms that add to poverty. Rulings have already whittled away voting rights and desegregation, adding to divisiveness across the country — even within our church pews.
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