Reproductive Rights

 The Religious Right has raised the issue of abortion to doctrine. In many communities, one’s stance on reproductive rights is a litmus test. It signals whether one belongs in the group or not. Yet, up until the 1960s, most Evangelicals favored the legalization of abortion in some form. In fact, 90% of Texas Baptists in this era supported the right to choose. In this series, Brad, Dan, and their guests trace the history of the Religious Right’s radicalism on reproductive rights–from the early debates over Roe v. Wade, to the Quiverfull movement, and Angel Babies, the series draws on sociological and historical approaches to analyze the various layers of this phenomenon. 

Interview with Prof. R. Marie Griffith

Dan’s interview with Professor R. Marie Griffith, author of Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics. Dan and Prof. Griffith discuss the surprising history of evangelical positions on abortion, and how evangelical extremism has left no room for nuance in the debate.


Heartless Heartbeat Bills: Abortion Revisted

Dan and Brad revisit the issue of abortion in evangelical politics and culture. They examine evangelical support for heartbeat bills, what’s behind the phrase “culture of life,” and what opposition to abortion does for evangelicals. They also discuss how support for heartbeat bills can lead to heartlessness on other issues.

Motherhood, Womanhood, and Angel Babies

Brad’s interview with his Skidmore colleague Dr. Myev Rees. Dr. Rees is an expert in evangelical culture, particularly the issues of womanhood, motherhood, and “angel babies.” We discuss martyr mommies, the potential end of Roe, and evangelical approaches to life.


Part I: Evangelical “Cultures of Life” and Abortion

Many evangelicals are single-issue voters when it comes to abortion. Brad and Dan discuss the historical development of this trend, and why it represents more than just a concern for the “unborn.” Brad describes how this issue helped usher him out of evangelicalism. (first discussed in this article.)

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