NASHVILLE (BP) – Southern Baptist leaders are responding to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Reactions range from jubilation to resolve to protect life on a state level.
“More lives are now protected today than yesterday. The release of the Dobbs decision marks a true turning point in the pro-life movement, a moment that Christians, advocates, and many others have worked toward tirelessly for 50 years,” said Brent Leatherwood, acting president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC).
Leatherwood said the focus of protecting human life now shifts to the state level.
“The issue of abortion has now been turned over to the states, many of which have either implemented or are considering some of the most abhorrently permissive pro-abortion proposals ever,” he said.
In an email to students, Danny Akin, president of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, gave thanks for the decision, but pointed out that North Carolina is a state where abortion remains legal.
“In North Carolina, abortion is still legal, and we must continue the fight to see it outlawed in our state and other states. North Carolina has the potential of becoming a destination state for abortions. This decision makes the work of organizations like Gateway Women’s Care, Human Coalition, and others incredibly important to serve as places where women can get the right counsel and care that they need to decide to preserve life rather than end it,” Akin wrote.
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Source: Baptist Press