What the reversal of Roe v. Wade means to a longtime anti-abortion activist

Catholicism was a big reason for one anti-abortion activist to join the wider movement.

With the reversal of Roe v. Wade this summer, abortion has been thrusted back into the political spotlight. Now that states have the power to determine whether people can terminate their pregnancies, conversations about abortion have been orbiting us daily. They have infiltrated the news cycle, altered the language of ballot initiatives and been introduced into midterm debates because the overturning of Roe has undeniably already changed the lives of millions in profound ways.

The right to an abortion is deeply tied to our core beliefs and practices. Many have opinions on abortion that relate directly to their childhood experiences. More often, they extend directly from our religious or secular practices.

“I guess I can say that, when all is said and done, I’ve never been in favor of abortion. And I can probably attribute that to my upbringing — I was raised Roman Catholic. And I just innately believed that there has to be something wrong with killing an unborn child.” — Dr. Monica Miller, author and religious teacher


Listen: How an author and teacher became a part of the wider anti-abortion movement.

 


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Dr. Monica Miller teaches at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, and is the author of “Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars.” She says her anti-abortion views have remained stable over time.

“I guess I can say that, when all is said and done, I’ve never been in favor of abortion. And I can probably attribute that to my upbringing — I was raised Roman Catholic. And I just innately believed that there has to be something wrong with killing an unborn child,” says Miller.

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