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I'm a Southern Baptist pastor, and here's why I oppose a Texas bill to imprison women who receive abortions
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 4, 2019
In my 30 years of pastoring a Southern Baptist church in Texas, I have faced plenty of criticism. It's par for the course, especially if you hold on to traditional, biblical views in America nowadays.
But never, in all these years, did I ever think I would find myself in a situation facing criticism for actually opposing a bill that would ban abortion in the state.
The Abolish Abortion in Texas Act, recently introduced into the Legislature, has been touted as a "pro-life" bill. But while I agree with the spirit of the bill, its mechanism of action is a far cry from "pro-life."
The bill would amend the state's criminal code, so that a woman who has an abortion could be charged with homicide and potentially face the death penalty.
I have always stood, and will always stand, for the unborn, but this bill was a bridge too far. I believe it would have caused irreparable harm to the pro-life cause, but more importantly, it does not take into account the sincere struggle many women undergo when they are faced with an unplanned pregnancy. This was not the right approach to end abortion in America.
Because I believe this, I expressed my support for Republican Rep. Jeff Leach when he said the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence, which he leads, would not advance the bill. Leach is a member of our church and has authored other critical legislation to protect the life of the unborn. I would be pressed to find a state representative more committed to the pro-life cause and who — like me — would love to see the day when Roe vs. Wade is overturned.
But my Tweet supporting Leach did...