Kamala Harris Criticized Over Claim That Supporting Abortion ‘Does Not Require Anyone To Abandon Their Faith Or Their Beliefs’

Kamala Harris Criticized Over Claim That Supporting Abortion ‘Does Not Require Anyone To Abandon Their Faith Or Their Beliefs’

Vice President Kamala Harris has drawn criticism for claiming a person can support abortion without abandoning their faith or beliefs.

Harris made the claim Monday during the NAACP’s National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“It’s important to note that to support a woman’s ability — not her government, but her — to make that decision does not require anyone to abandon their faith or their beliefs,” Harris said.

“It just requires us to agree the government shouldn’t be making that decision for her,” she added.

The Monday speech was not the first time Harris has made statements that abortion rights can be separated from religious beliefs.

“For those of us of faith, I think that we agree, many of us, that there’s nothing about this issue that will require anyone to abandon their faith or change their faith,” the vice president stated at the Dulles International Airport in Virginia last month.

In June, Harris also met with faith leaders in Los Angeles to push the issue of “reproductive rights.” Notably, none of the faith leaders were from Catholic, Evangelical or Jewish traditions whose teachings oppose abortion.

The comments have led to strong pushback from faith leaders who have noted that their religious teachings support the pro-life view.

Father Matthew Schneider, a Catholic priest and author, condemned the vice president’s words.

“Supporting the legal direct legal killing of innocent humans due to their circumstances, development, or size is an affront to any serious religious ethic,” he tweeted.

False.
Supporting the legal direct legal killing of innocent humans due to their circumstances, development, or size is an affront to any serious religious ethic. https://t.co/Ttpa8znglc

— Fr Matthew Schneider, LC (@FrMatthewLC) July 19, 2022

Taking on the vice president’s remarks directly, pro-life advocate Abby Johnson also blasted the contradictory viewpoint.

“Kamala Harris made the comment that supporting abortion does not require one to abandon their faith,” she tweeted. “God doesn’t support the slaughter of His innocent children, even if politicians do.”

Pope Francis also made headlines last week after an interview with Univision when he said that President Joe Biden’s view on abortion as a Catholic was incoherent. The church’s official teachings oppose abortion.

“I leave it to [President Biden’s] conscience and that he speaks to his bishop, his pastor, his parish priest about that incoherence,” the pope said.

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