A Texas Presbyterian pastor defended her work advocating for abortions this week, saying she is just “following God’s call on our lives.”
In an interview with Elle magazine, the Rev. Angela Williams said she opposes the Texas heartbeat law because of her Christian faith.
“As clergy, our calling comes from a higher power,” she told Elle. “We’ve taken sacred vows to accompany people, to love them, and to follow God’s call on our lives; to follow God as we move and breathe and exist in this world. If there are consequences for doing that, so be it.”
One of the ways Williams believes she is following God is by advocating against the life-saving new state law.
The heartbeat law (Senate Bill 8), which went into effect Sept. 1, prohibits abortions on unborn babies once their heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. Pro-life leaders estimate it already has saved thousands of unborn babies from abortion and has the potential to save tens of thousands more.
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Williams said it is time for clergy to speak up against pro-life efforts to ban abortions. She works as the outreach and faith strategist for Texas Freedom Network, a pro-abortion group that tries to convince Christians and other religious people that supporting the killing of unborn babies in abortions is a religious issue. The network recently started a project urging churches to commit to supporting abortion as part of their mission.
“Reproductive freedom is a taboo topic that people in congregations don’t want to touch with a 10-foot pole,” she continued. “… So people just don’t talk about it, whether they agree with it politically or not, whether they agree with it morally or not.”
Now, with Texas being the first state allowed to enforce a heartbeat law, Williams said it is time for religious people to speak up for abortion. She slammed the law for violating “my body, my politics, space and values.”
“It’s based in shame. It’s trying to scare people into silence. It might be successful in that regard, but we’re not going to go down quietly,” she continued. “It is important to stand up and say, ‘No.’ We’ve been quiet and silent, and let things happen for fear of disturbing the waters and disturbing relationships—and we have seen the devastating consequences of that. This has to come from a faith voice.”
But most people of faith are using their voice for life. Christianity and many other religions recognize that abortion is evil because it destroys a unique, innocent human being, a child in their mother’s womb.
Because of their faith, they work not only to ban abortions but also to help mothers and babies in need so that aborting an unborn baby becomes unthinkable. All across Texas, pro-life advocates, both religious and secular, have been working for decades to support mothers and babies in need through pregnancy centers, maternity homes, adoption agencies and other charities.
Pro-life efforts exemplify true religion by working non-stop, self-sacrificially to save and care for the most vulnerable people in society, namely babies in the womb.