Stuart Chambers: U.S. state restrictions on abortion are anti-secular
Pro-choice supporters better be ready to stand up for secularism because anti-abortion forces have already decided that belief trumps truth.
Updated: June 2, 2019
The U.S. is a nation that prides itself on separating church and state — that is, unless the issue is abortion. A recent rash of state restrictions on abortion procedures clearly demonstrates two fundamental truths: first, the Christian right dismisses evidence-based inquiry; second, it seeks to make religion operative within secular law.
When lobbying for abortion restrictions, anti-abortion lobbyists and politicians tend to ignore empirical studies that counter their narrative that abortion is dangerous. One myth surrounds the alleged psychological harm to women who have had abortions. The data, however, contradicts this claim.