PARLIAMENT OF THE WORLD’S RELIGIONS CONDEMNS ROE V. WADE OVERTURNING

July 15, 2022

Originally Published in Insights on Fri, 15th July 2022


The Parliament of the World’s Religions has issued a statement saying that the interfaith organisation is, “deeply disturbed by the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.”

The Supreme Court decision, announced on 24 June, overturns Roe v. Wade, a 1973 Supreme Court decision that affirmed the constitutional right to an abortion. As a result, abortion will now be a matter for state legislators.

While conservative groups have welcomed the news as a victory for the rights of unborn children, the Parliament of the World’s Religions statement argues that the decision imposes religious beliefs on a pluralist, secular society.

“Among the world’s religions and also within individual traditions there are a wide range of views on when personhood begins and no general consensus exists,” the Parliament’s statement read.

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