Overturning Roe will not make abortion in America illegal. It will allow individual states to determine regulations and restrictions on abortion, rather than providing federal protections.
Hatmaker stated that one in four American women have had an abortion, arguing that banning abortion would not only be dangerous for your daughters, sisters, best friends, colleagues, neighbors, and church friends, but “it will be disproportionately dangerous for women of color and under-resourced women, as all social ills are.”
“Abortion is a choice women make for endless personal reasons including the health of the mother, the health of the baby, rape, incest, viability, financial instability, a dangerous home environment, lack of help, and of course reasons that are theirs alone…as are their bodies,” Hatmaker said.
The Christian author said that women deserve the choice to make decisions regarding their own bodies and also their “decision to parent.”
She explained that those who have strong convictions against abortion have every right to those convictions, but “those convictions should only apply to their bodies, their families, and their futures.”
“Its reversal will not course-correct the moral climate of our nation,” Hatmaker continued. “It will simply mean more women are permanently injured, dead, or imprisoned to the destruction of their families and lives. That’s all.”
If the reversal takes place, Hatmaker believes that girls and women “will have only unsafe, illegal, and dangerous options they will choose,” adding that the women in danger are your daughters, sisters, best friends, colleagues, neighbors, church friends, and yourselves.
“Women deserve agency over their own bodies and their own futures. The overturning of Roe is a shocking, unprecedented repeal of women’s rights, and it will not be the end,” Hatmaker concluded.
She further argued that while abortion isn’t mentioned in the Constitution, we currently enjoy “numerous civil and human rights” that aren’t specifically stated in the Constitution, and those freedoms will be on the “chopping block of democracy” as well. “This one may not come for you, but the next one might,” she said.
Hatmaker, who is slated to speak at some churches later this year, said she has respect for those who have convictions and personal beliefs but that “reproductive rights belong to women,” and that a reversal of Roe “will cause monumental physical and social harm to women.”