While many Christian clergy eagerly anticipate the overturning of Roe v. Wade, one reverend is actively preparing for life without it by working to help women who will struggle afterwards.
Drawing her inspiration from the Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion (CSS), an interfaith group that advocated for liberalized abortion laws in the late 60s, Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper is considering handing out the morning after pill… in church.
Talk about a surefire way to make conservatives furious. This might actually ruffle their feathers worse than already-born babies being ripped apart from their parents at the border.
In an interview with Rewire, Schaper explains how she’ll spring into action:
So where do we go from here? It’s almost like the Do-It-Yourself movement. We’re going to have to encourage birth control because unwanted pregnancies will have no solution for many people in many states.
The thing most of us have been talking about is to encourage the use of medical technology, the morning after pills and very good new drugs. We need to get some wise pharmaceutical company to make money off distributing them so people don’t need abortions, and/or smuggling the drugs in from Mexico or Canada.
There are already very interesting groups of women my age feeling we could take the risk of loading up our vans to take road trips and give them out at churches. We’d see what kind of legal trouble one could get into because the drugs would be given away and are legal in Mexico and Canada.
Imagine that: Churches distributing drugs that many conservatives (wrongly) consider to be abortifacients because those same religious conservatives have made actual abortions much more difficult to come by. It’s subversive and sacrilegious!
And in case you’re doubting her sincerity on all this, she doesn’t hold back in other parts of the interview either:
This whole notion that women have babies on their own is bullshit. It’s a higher bullshit. In the name of restricting government power, Trump is actually increasing government power but only over women’s sexuality. This has to be one of the most absurd or Orwellian ideas of the whole thing. It’s one contradiction on top of another contradiction on top of a moral contradiction which will make women suffer.
Part of Schaper’s mission is to dismantle the stereotype that all religious people are all “pro-life.” She wants people to realize that many religious people — religious leaders — are pro-choice. They care about the women who will suffer as a result of a conservative-majority Supreme Court and their faith inspires them to help the disproportionately poor people who will be most affected by any abortion ban.
When Roe is overturned due to Donald Trump‘s Supreme Court and a Republican Party overrun by religious conservatives and those without the courage to put country above party (looking at you, Sen. Susan Collins), Schaper will be one to look out for on the front lines of the resistance.
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