The two articles, published July 17, address the implications of the June 24 Supreme Court rulings to uphold Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban and overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade.
Religious studies professor Toddie Peters was featured in two recent articles — one from CNN and the other from USA Today — on the subject of abortion following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban and overturn Roe v. Wade on June 24.
In the USA Today article, “Religions Divide on Abortion. That’s why some religions are considering taking their case to court,” Peters, an ordained Presbyterian minister, explained how conservative Christians in the United States play an important role in how abortion is framed.
“When you ask a woman to justify her decision to have an abortion, it assumes that abortion is wrong. And where did that assumption come from? Christian activists,” Peters told USA Today reporter Trevor Hughes. “It’s just amazing to me the power that the ideological perspective has on everyone’s life in the United States”
The CNN article focuses on how the Supreme Court recalibrated the abortion debate by shifting the language of “potential life” in the original 1973 Roe v. Wade toward “unborn human being” adopted from Mississippi law. Eliott C. McLaughlin’s article says this may sound like a “semantic argument”, but Peters suggests otherwise.
The language used in the ruling has a “veiled religious narrative,” Peters told McLaughlin, even without any explicit mention of God, Christianity or the Bible.
“It’s a huge change,” Peters said. “It wipes out whole groups of people who have different religious beliefs.”