Reverend Donna Schaper, Senior Minister of the Judson Memorial Church, took an untenable pro-abortion position in a Huffington Post op-ed on Thursday. She claims that by allowing companies such as Hobby Lobby to purchase insurance without birth control and abortion coverage, women's freedom of religion is being violated, but ignores the obvious fact that people who are pro-life have the same rights.
The Supreme Court will listen again to another anti-abortion niggle -- and therefore, It is time to positively repeat the moral argument in favor of what the Court has already decided. I write with great weariness. We have done this before. It is painful to have to fight for what is already won, even more painful for one Christian to have to argue with another one about the freedom of the human to make choices. It is sad as well to see the constant struggle -- now initiated by a toy and hobby company -- about women being choice making human beings. What is it about women that the religious right can't tolerate? Is it that important for us to be sub-human? Do that many people really think of women as toys or hobbies or second-class citizens? Apparently, yes. The core argument needs to be made again, no matter how hoarse we are in making it.
In reality, the Hobby Lobby case has nothing to do with "a woman's right to choose." The Supreme Court has not been asked to rule on whether a woman can abort their fetus or take a "morning after pill." This case is meant to answer the question of whether or not the owners of Hobby Lobby have the right to exercise their freedom of religion. The worst thing that can happen to pro-abortion employees of the company if the court rules in their favor is they would have to purchase their own IUDs and/or morning after pills. Or if they are truly outraged, they could always find another employer...
The minister continues by explaining the Baptist belief that it is important to "reject state-sponsored religion." But she attempts to twist it to support the case of the pro-abortion position, while ignoring the fact that pro-life proponents have that very same right.
Furthermore, it is a it is God-given right to hold your own belief and to reject state-sponsored religion. This is the core Baptist principle of soul competency -- belief in the ability of each person to "rightly divide the word of God" (2 Timothy 2: 15) and act accordingly. Each person and each community of believers has the right to follow the dictates of their conscience, without compulsion from authoritative structures. Therefore, current legislation restricting women's reproductive choice also restricts moral choice. To restrict a woman's choice is to refuse her soul freedom.