Navigating the moral complexity of a post-roe world

It’s official: deer is not anymore.

Following the leak of a draft opinion authored by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, life advocates awaited the official decision in a SCOTUS case that they say would lead to the overturning of deer.

These hopes have now arrived.

Abortion is no longer considered a constitutional right and the question of the legality of the practice has been left to each state to decide. Prior to the ruling, a number of states enacted trigger laws that went into effect as soon as the judgment was issued, immediately banning abortion in those states.

As I have said in the past, the reversal of deer represents the biggest victory for the pro-life movement in five decades. More than 63 million abortions have taken place in America since the 1973 ruling. That’s a loss of life that’s hard to fathom.

While it’s certainly a time of celebration for those who stand on the side of life for the unborn child, it doesn’t mean the finish line for pro-life work, even if it is. an important step.

In fact, as a result of the ruling, pro-life Christians are grappling with a morally complex landscape that I did not foresee we would face in my lifetime.

While I cannot offer a definitive solution to these complexities, I believe it is important for Christians to consider their ramifications and how best to pursue a holistic sense of justice in light of them.

The moral complexity of how we got here

The Supreme Court of the United States is not a faceless entity. It is made up of nine judges with particular legal and moral philosophies that guide their decisions. And the judges whose concurring opinions tipped the balance towards deeroverthrow were named by none other than the former president donald trump.

In response to this reality, some pro-Trump evangelicals have taken the opportunity to publicly lash out at their never-Trump counterparts, lambasting them for refusing to endorse the “most pro-Trump president.” life of history”.

However, at the same time as the celebration of deerAmericans also witnessed damning testimony about Trump given to the United States House Select Committee during the January 6 attack.

Just this week a former White House aide revealed that President Trump knew his allegations of widespread voter fraud during his failed 2020 presidential run were false, he was aware that many of those who sought to come to his Jan. 6 were armed and that he wanted to join the crowd at the Capitol, even physically assaulting a member of his security team who insisted on bringing him back to the White House for security reasons.

Sharon D. Cole