I think the inconsistency appears when you get into the timing. Many people who I know that are pro-choice/pro-women's reproductive rights/pro-abortion ARE ALSO against third trimester or late-term abortions. There seems to be a crucial time period when it is seemingly acceptable to terminate a pregnancy and when it is not.
in 2016, the UMC, which has generally only taken steps towards a more liberal stance on all issues, actually took a more conservative step.For 40 years the United Methodist Church has supported the Supreme Court’s infamous Roe v. Wade decision – that is, until last week.Delegates of the country’s third-largest religious body voted 445 to 310 to repeal the official resolution supporting the case establishing a constitutional “right” to abortion during its General Conference. They also voted to sever its affiliation with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), an interfaith organization co-founded by the United Methodist Church.Gordon: QuoteI think the inconsistency appears when you get into the timing. Many people who I know that are pro-choice/pro-women's reproductive rights/pro-abortion ARE ALSO against third trimester or late-term abortions. There seems to be a crucial time period when it is seemingly acceptable to terminate a pregnancy and when it is not. Well if you watched the debates, you'll recall that Trump really hammered in on Clinton when she said that she would not vote to make even partial-birth abortions illegal. And no, before you ask I don't recall which debate nor do I have the transcript.
Quote from: Bill McEnaney on August 14, 2017, 12:45:36 amdoes it make sense for him to let his politics trump his religionI'd assume it doesn't trump his religious beliefs, but his religious beliefs do not fully match Church teachings. According to a Pew Research poll, U. S. Catholics are not universally opposed to abortion.On the issue of abortion, about half of all U.S. Catholics say it is morally wrong, though that number shoots up to 83 percent among Catholics who attend services regularly. --sourcePerhaps you don't consider "cafeteria Catholics" true Catholics, but if you regard the "only true Catholic" to be someone who accepts all Church teaching, you're omitting at least 87% of American Catholics (that's the percent that believe contraception is OK).
does it make sense for him to let his politics trump his religion
This seems odd to me, since all of the evidence indicates that cutting health coverage as much as the Republicans proposed would result in additional and unnecessary deaths, so voting for this proposal would be tantamount to murder. But let's given a GOP legislator the benefit of the doubt -- let's say that he genuinely believes that the all the studies are wrong and that we would all be better off with the cuts Republicans propose.
But what about this? One of the big reasons I am pro-choice is that I believe that the evidence shows that outlawing abortion doesn't prevent it, it just makes it more dangerous and results in women being maimed and killed along with fetuses being aborted. I believe that the best way to reduce abortions without killing women is to keep abortion legal but to take steps -- more money for adoption services, greater access to contraceptives, etc. -- to make it increasingly rare.So why would my hypothetical Republican legislator be allowed to remain a Catholic in good standing (since he believes in good faith that his vote would not cause people to die as the evidence suggests), while I would be excommunicated even though I believe that my actions would result in fewer deaths from abortions, which would seem to be what the Catholic Church would ultimately want? (Full disclosure: I am not actually a Catholic in the first place, but you get the issue I am trying to explore.)