United Methodists React to Supreme Court Ruling
United Methodists reacted to the Supreme Court’s overturn of the 1973 landmark abortion ruling in Roe v Wade with varying opinions. The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on Friday, June 24, to uphold the decision in a case styled The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The Supreme Court ruling gives the power to regulate abortions back to the states.
Even though reactions from Methodists were mixed, the church’s Council of Bishops issued a news release on June 25 denouncing the ruling. A sentence in the statement says, “This historic decision serves to create a further divide between persons of privilege who have the means to seek necessary health care and those who lack this privilege due to their current economic condition, their disproportionately affected lives, or the color of their skin.”
The statement was signed by Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton, president of the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church. Click here to read the statement.
The church issued a story through its news service detailing the varied reactions of Methodists. The article contains links to the church’s official policy and to statements from various church boards and commissions. Click here to read the article by Jim Patterson.
This comment addresses the issue of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe. vs. Wade. As all the articles illustrate, abortion continues to divide this country. I can understand why religious institutions have an inherent interest in the moral implications of abortion; however, I do not see any justification for secular institutions to involve themselves in personal medical conditions. I also cannot understand why so many people feel they have the right to insert themselves into others’ business.