洛杉矶时报的专栏文章称,罗诉韦德案的终结对天主教徒来说意味着“灾难”: “会威胁宗教自由”

She argued that the Church supporting the end of 流产 shows it’s willing to violate Americans’ “宗教自由” 因为 “[乙]人工流产并不依赖于既定的医学和科学事实。”

The imminent overturning of Roe vs. Wade is a disaster for women. It is also a disaster for the Catholic Church, whose hierarchy in America has made opposition to abortion central to its mission,” 她写了.

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Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Houston vandalized with pro-choice message.

Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Houston vandalized with pro-choice message. (狐狸 26 休斯顿)

Most American Catholics oppose the overturning of Roe vs. 韦德 (68%, 根据一个 2019 poll by the Pew Research Center). The bishops pay no heed to their voice but instead seek to silence Catholics in public office who defend women’s reproductive rights,” 她补充说, as if bishops should ignore strict Church teaching on abortion in favor of popular sentiment.

她继续, “Ordinary Catholics feel condemned for their views and for the decisions that they and their families make around abortion, same-sex marriage and even contraception, coverage for which the U.S. Catholic bishops sought to exclude from the Affordable Care Act.

Though the Catholic Church is explicitly and strictly against abortion, same-sex marriage, and contraception, Briggs framed it as the bishops oppressing women. “一次又一次, the bishops have fought against women having control over their own bodies,” 她补充说.

Briggs turned the screws to Catholic teaching even further, 说, “There is a disturbing awareness, crossing the lines of gender and age, that the church is not doing the right thing.She then warned that Catholic membership will drop if Roe 去.

一群人聚集在最高法院外, 星期一晚上, 可能 2, 2022 in Washington following reports of a leaked draft opinion by the court overturning Roe v. 韦德.

一群人聚集在最高法院外, 星期一晚上, 可能 2, 2022 in Washington following reports of a leaked draft opinion by the court overturning Roe v. 韦德. (美联社照片/安娜约翰逊)

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The exodus from the church, fueled by moral doubts about the bishops’ actions and teachings, will swell if the Supreme Court proceeds to overturn Roe vs. 韦德,” she claimed, 加, “As the devastating effects on women’s lives become visible after the Supreme Court’s judgment, Catholics are going to feel increasing shame over what their church has done.

Briggs then made the point thatas members of a longtime minority, American Catholics instinctively understand from their own history what their bishops ignore: At stake here is religious liberty.

In her telling, “Religious freedom carved out a private sphere in which individuals were free to hold any or no religious beliefs and to act on their conscience. In return, they were required not to impose their religious beliefs and the conduct that derived from their conscience on others.

“相反, the public sphere was to operate on empirically observable and rational norms, which would be self-evident to any reasonable person,” 她补充说, before making the controversial claim thatBanning abortion does not rest on established medical and scientific fact and therefore cannot lay the claim on any reasonable person that it become part of public law.

A fetus inside the womb

A fetus inside the womb (iStock)

The author asserted, “Catholics who oppose abortion rights do not have to justify their religious beliefs and their religiously motivated conduct to me or, 更重要的是, to a court of law. By the same token, a religiously motivated decision to not have an abortion should not be imposed on those of us who do not share the religious beliefs.

从而, Briggs found leeway to declare, “The overturning of Roe vs. Wade would threaten religious liberty. If such a ruling remains in effect for any length of time, it will prevent hundreds of thousands, eventually millions, of women from acting upon their conscience.

她补充说, “This will result in serious harm for women and their families — and one of the bulwarks of democratic society will be weakened.

She warned pro-life Christians religious liberty will be diminished and one day they would come tomiss the protections for religious liberty once enshrined in American culture and law.

Briggs concluded, “Roe vs. Wade is part of a patchwork of laws that have protected the privacy of individuals against the religiously motivated incursions of others. 最终, there cannot be religious liberty for some but not for others. Either all of us enjoy it, or none of us will.

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