Religion and Roe

Rights to abortion, religious liberty & free speech tangle before Supreme Court
Since legalizing abortion in 1973, many challenges to the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade have been made on the basis of religious liberty. Law professor Mary Ziegler of Florida State University, and author of After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate, explains the long and complicated legal history between reproductive rights, religious liberty, and the freedom of speech.

Mary Ziegler, professor at Florida State University College of Law

Christians hold polarized opinions on NIFLA v. Becerra
Recently, the Supreme Court ruled in favor a coalition of Christian crisis pregnancy centers who argued their freedom of speech was being infringed upon by a California law that required centers to disclose the availability of state-sponsored abortions. Some people of faith, like Travis Wussow of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, say it’s a win for religious liberty. But others, like Cynthia Romero of Catholics for Choice, say it’s a loss for women’s autonomy.

Travis Wussow, vice president for public policy and general counsel, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
Cynthia Romero, director of communication Catholics for Choice

Brett Kavanagh’s potential influence on abortion access
After NIFLA v. Becerra, what’s next? Mary Ziegler says the real wild card is who will sit on the Supreme Court’s bench next as Justice Anthony Kennedy retires later this month. President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanagh to fill Kennedy’s spot. If confirmed, Kavanagh will maintain a Catholic majority on the bench. We talk to Emily McFarlan Miller from the Religion News Service, along with Mary Ziegler, about Kavanagh’s record as a judge – and his faith.

Emily McFarlan Miller, national reporter with Religion News Service
Mary Ziegler, professor at Florida State University College of Law

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