A Texas Presbyterian “pastor” defended her work advocating for abortions this week, saying she is just “following God’s call on our lives.”
Life News reports:
In an interview with Elle magazine, the Rev. Angela Williams said she opposes the Texas heartbeat law because of her Christian faith.
“As clergy, our calling comes from a higher power,” she told Elle. “We’ve taken sacred vows to accompany people, to love them, and to follow God’s call on our lives; to follow God as we move and breathe and exist in this world. If there are consequences for doing that, so be it.” One of the ways Williams believes she is following God is by advocating against the life-saving new state law.
The heartbeat law (Senate Bill 8), which went into effect Sept. 1, prohibits abortions on unborn babies once their heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. Pro-life leaders estimate it already has saved thousands of unborn babies from abortion and has the potential to save tens of thousands more.
Williams said it is time for clergy to speak up against pro-life efforts to ban abortions. She works as the outreach and faith strategist for Texas Freedom Network, a pro-abortion group that tries to convince Christians and other religious people that supporting the killing of unborn babies in abortions is a religious issue. The network recently started a project urging churches to commit to supporting abortion as part of their mission.
“Reproductive freedom is a taboo topic that people in congregations don’t want to touch with a 10-foot pole,” she continued. “… So people just don’t talk about it, whether they agree with it politically or not, whether they agree with it morally or not.” She slammed the law for violating “my body, my politics, space and values.”
“It’s based in shame. It’s trying to scare people into silence. It might be successful in that regard, but we’re not going to go down quietly,” she continued. “It is important to stand up and say, ‘No.’ We’ve been quiet and silent, and let things happen for fear of disturbing the waters and disturbing relationships—and we have seen the devastating consequences of that. This has to come from a faith voice.”
Williams has visited the Texas State Capitol in Austin to protest the life-saving anti-abortion law.
While I grieve what I leave behind, I know there are champions in congregations, communities, and coalitions that will stay in the struggle. They will keep fighting for trans kids, for pregnant people, for women, for communities of color, and for a better world for all of us. 4/5 pic.twitter.com/mCWUNRwnbD
— Angela Williams (@RevAngela_W) October 15, 2021