In a recent op-ed for Time Magazine, Baptist “pastor” Lauren Jones Mayfield made a bold claim. She wrote, “I can’t do my job as a pastor with abortion laws like Texas’ S.B. 8 in place.” Mayfield is referencing the Texas Heartbeat Act, which restricts abortion after a unborn child’s heartbeat is detected.
Mayfield wrote following a roundtable with Kamala Harris:
I was grateful for the opportunity to represent the tens of thousands of clergy around the country who strongly support access to reproductive health care—including abortion access—as a moral issue and a calling supported by our faith’s first teaching to do no harm and love our neighbors.
wanted the Vice President to understand how a law like Texas’s radical Senate Bill 8–which bans most abortions after around six weeks and empowers private citizens to sue anyone who helps a pregnant person get an abortion after that period–might make my job more difficult in Kentucky.
Live Action writes:
Of the Texas law, Mayfield says that “we certainly should never pass laws that prevent us from showing love and care to our neighbors.” But both a mother and her child are our neighbors deserving of love and care, as Scripture makes clear that God sees the preborn as human beings. It is unclear why Rev. Mayfield thinks she cannot show love and care without promoting abortion. In fact, abortion is never something that a Christian pastor should be advocating for their congregants. It is in direct violation of the Fifth Commandment: Thou shalt not kill. Furthermore, post-abortive women are increasingly opening up about the trauma and regret they experience as a result of abortion. Counseling a woman to commit abortion is neither loving nor caring.
According to Mayfield’s bio, she is a “pastor” in Louisville, Kentucky, and is the vice-chair of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Clergy Advocacy Board.