Briggs claims that overthrowing Roe would endanger freedom of religion

Associate professor of Religion and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California Sheila Briggs, board member of Catholics for Choice, claimed in one op ed that knocking down of Roe v. calf would endanger religious freedom.

“The upcoming fall of Roe vs. Wade is a disaster for women. It is also a disaster for the Catholic Church, whose hierarchy in America has placed opposition to abortion at the heart of its mission,” Briggs wrote. “As the devastating impact on women’s lives becomes apparent following the Supreme Court ruling, Catholics will feel increasing shame at what their church has done.”

“It is precisely because the US protects religious freedom that Catholics who oppose abortion rights do not have to justify their religious beliefs and religiously motivated behavior to me or, more importantly, to a court of law. For the same reason, a religiously motivated decision not to have an abortion should not be imposed on those of us who do not share religious beliefs,” she claimed.

“Repeal of Roe vs. Wade would threaten freedom of religion. If such a ruling remains in force for a long time, it will prevent hundreds of thousands, eventually millions, of women from acting on their conscience. This will do serious harm to women and their families – and weaken one of the bulwarks of democratic society,” Briggs claimed.

Last week, a leaked The Supreme Court’s draft majority opinion found that the Supreme Court appears poised to overturn the landmark abortion-related ruling — such a decision would not impose a federal ban on abortion, but would allow states to ban abortion.

“Abortion poses a profound moral issue. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of any state from regulating or prohibiting abortion. roe and Casey acquired this authority. We are now overriding those decisions and returning that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” the draft statement said.

While pro-life advocates would celebrate such a move, pro-choice advocates have clapped hands over the court’s possible plans.

Senate Democrats were unable to move forward with pro-choice legislation on Wednesday. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia joined the Republicans Choose against moving the measure forward – 60 votes would have been required to move it forward. Manchin said ahead of Wednesday’s vote that the bill “isn’t right [a] Roe v. calf Codification” but that the measure “expands abortion”. Briggs claims that overthrowing Roe would endanger freedom of religion

Laura Coffey

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