Religious Diversity after Dobbs v. Jackson
An interfaith dialogue about abortion
“For decades, antiabortion Catholic and evangelical Christian perspectives have dominated the religious conversation around abortion. But people of faith hold a variety of views on the issue, rooted in their own traditions, teachings, and laws.” –Los Angeles Times, July 27, 2022
In the summer of 2022, WJCT hosted a panel of local religious leaders about reproductive health and their religious beliefs in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision. All panelists were Christian clergy except for one, who was placed in a room by himself where he could not interact with the others, which made it feel like an afterthought to add the perspective on abortion from a different religion. Such assumptions about what religious diversity looks like actually hide the true religious diversity of northeast Florida. It also assumes that debates within Christian circles around abortion are the primary ones, if not the only ones, that matter.
In an effort to promote Interfaith Literacy we gathered Tuesday evening, January 10th, to discuss the religious diversity around the issue of abortion. Hosted by South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church our panelists were Dr. Parvez Ahmed, Susan Ticker, Rev. Sarah Locke, and Rev. Adam Anderson. The recording of our talk can be found here.