The Rev. Amelia Fulbright preaches sermons about abortion several times a year to her Texas congregation.
But unlike most pastors, instead of advocating for the lives of unborn babies, she encourages Christians to support abortion.
In an interview with The Cut, Fulbright said she supports abortion because she believes women’s bodies are “sacred.”
“I believe so deeply in the dignity of every person, that our bodies are so sacred,” she said. “I just feel like I have no choice but to speak.”
But Fulbright does not believe in the dignity of babies in the womb.
She told The Cut that she grew up in a conservative Christian household to pro-life missionary parents. After moving from Zambia to North Carolina, she said her family began attending a church where they celebrated Sanctity of Life Sunday every year.
Then, in college, philosophy courses and feminists began challenging her Christian beliefs. Seeking answers, she said she enrolled in seminary.
According to the interview:
There, she learned that Jewish teaching held that until a baby’s first breath, the life of its mother took precedence. For Fulbright, this was revelatory. She realized that her religious upbringing had always implicitly taught the opposite. In ways large and small, women were meant to sacrifice their lives — their needs and hopes and desires — for their children.
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What the interview did not mention was that this is just one interpretation of Jewish teachings. Many rabbis teach that abortion is wrong because it destroys an innocent human life, created in the image of God. The mother’s life is valuable but so is her child’s, even before birth.
The interview with Fulbright also hinted at the claim that Christians only recently began opposing abortion in the 1970s and ’80s because of politics, but this also is untrue. While some Christians throughout history have rejected the truth about the value of unborn babies and the evil of abortion, Christianity always has opposed abortion.
However, Fulbright was convinced that the pro-life position was oppressive. Now, she said she gives sermons about “reproductive rights” several times a year at her church, the Congregational Church of Austin.
She said she tells her congregation that “the best any of us can do when we’re talking about abortion is to draw from what we feel are the core teachings of scripture.”
Fulbright said she believes Jesus’ ministry was centered around “liberating people from systems and structures that oppress them, whether that was the poor or the women whom he brought into the center of his teaching when that was seen as taboo by religious authorities.”
She advocates for abortion in other ways, too, including by praying at the Whole Woman’s Health abortion facility in Austin and urging other pastors to get involved through the pro-abortion organization Just Texas.
In addition, she has “testified many times against restrictive legislation before the Texas government, written pro-choice op-eds, trained fellow pastors in how to talk about reproductive rights at church, and worn her clerical collar to protests,” according to the report.
Right now, Fulbright is working hard advocating against the Texas heartbeat law. The law protects unborn babies from abortion once their heartbeats are detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. Pro-life leaders estimate it has saved thousands of babies’ lives since Sept. 1 and has the potential to save tens of thousands more.
Fulbright is correct that Jesus cared about the oppressed, but she fails to recognize that babies in the womb are the most oppressed human beings today. Every year in America alone, nearly 1 million are killed in abortions. Since 1973, nearly 63 million have been killed.
The Bible recognizes unborn babies as valuable human beings in Luke 1:41, Genesis 25:21-22, Psalm 22:10-11 and other passages. Jesus placed great value on children when others in society did not in Matthew 19:14, and Proverbs 6:16-17 states that one of the things God hates most is the shedding of innocent blood. One of the ten commandments prohibits murder.
Science also backs up the belief. Biologically, it is well accepted that a living human being with his/her own unique DNA comes into existence at the moment of conception. Scientists, biology textbooks and other expert sources agree, and it is a reason why many non-religious people also believe abortion is wrong.
Christians and other pro-lifers fight against abortion because they know that abortion is a violent, oppressive injustice against a defenseless child in the womb.