- Mar 2, 2021
Louisiana’s Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Catholic, said he will sign into law a measure that makes nearly all abortions illegal in the state once the fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as six weeks.
Holly Taylor Coolman is an Assistant Professor of Theology at Providence College in Rhode Island. She is currently running for state representative as a Democrat and spoke to Crux about what it’s like to be a theologian running for public office.
Some recent polls show broad support for some abortion rights among Republicans, and another suggests that a noteworthy number of Democrats are in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that cemented abortion’s legality in the United States.
A new ad campaign from Catholics for Choice is promoting the repeal of the Hyde Amendment and public funding for abortion. Pro-life activists counter that the campaign is an affront to Catholics and risks jeopardizing debates over healthcare.
Nearly 20 million Democrats identify as pro-life. Millions more identify as pro-choice but nevertheless favor restrictions (like a 20-week limit) that abortion rights activists find anathema. So why do pro-life Democrats have so little influence in the party?
After the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee suggested the party might back anti-abortion candidates, a coalition of progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued a “statement of principles” challenging the party to be unwavering in its support for abortion rights.