Episcopalian says abortion helped her get ordained

Saturday, March 5, 2016
Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

ECUSA 2015 convention montageAlong with scores of other women, an Episcopalian priestess testified about the “need” for abortion this week before the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS), with the minister claiming that her abortion freed her so she could finish divinity school and get ordained.

Reverend Anne Fowler provided testimony before the nation’s high court to extol the practice of abortion as a necessity for women who want to forward their careers unhindered by pregnancies — to absolve them of the responsibility of having to care for their children.

“If the Reverend Anne Fowler had not had access to an abortion when she accidentally became pregnant after enrolling in Divinity School, she would never have been able to graduate, to serve as a parish rector, or to help the enormous number of people whose lives she has touched," read one amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court.

As a key abortion activist who previously served as a board member for Planned Parenthood, Fowler described how her husband left her before she became pregnant — while she was in the process of working toward becoming a minister at the Episcopal Divinity School in Boston, Massachusetts.

“In 1981, in her second year at Divinity School, Anne accidentally became pregnant,” her friend-or-the-court brief continues. “She believed her partner would not be a suitable parent; their relationship ended soon after the abortion. Already solely responsible for her daughter, Anne knew she could not complete Divinity School and pursue a career as a priest if she did not have an abortion.”

A Closer LookThe brief prepared by Fowler — who currently serves with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice — attempts to argue that she made the right choice by terminating her preborn baby, which was referred to as little more than an inconvenience.

“She has never regretted her decision and is grateful that she did not have to travel far, which would have caused her additional stress and financial hardship,” the court document asserts.

The important SCOTUS case — argued by pro-choice activists on one side and pro-life advocates on the other — is expected to produce a landmark decision in the ongoing abortion debate.

“Described by pro-lifers as the most important abortion case heard by the Supreme Court in 25 years, the outcome of Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstadt will determine if a 2013 Texas abortion licensing and safety law (HB2) that, among other provisions, requires abortionists to maintain hospital privileges within 30 miles of their abortion facilities, is valid,” LifeSiteNews reports.

Underlying regret?

Contradicting her passionate argument for abortion in the name of “women’s reproductive rights,” Fowler wrote nearly a decade ago that she felt remorse as a result of aborting her baby.

“[I felt] sorrow and loss at the time of my abortion,” the minister, who was ordained in 1984, stated in an article titled “Abortion as a Moral Choice,” published back in 2007. “[However, my choices to become a minister and have an abortion] were right for me and my circumstances: morally correct in their context, practical, and fruitful in their outcomes.”

While speaking at National Abortion Federation conferences, Fowler told audiences that “God was on their side” and that a preborn child is not really a life.

“To talk theologically about women's right to choose is to talk about justice, equality, health and wholeness, and respect for the full humanity and autonomy of every woman,” she continued in her article. “Typically, as moral theologians, we discuss the value of potential life (the fetus) as against the value of lived life — the mature and relational life of a woman deciding her capacity to continue or terminate a pregnancy. And we believe that, in general, the value of that actual life outweighs the value of the potential.”

Countering Fowler’s claim, pro-life advocates point to Scripture to demonstrate that God is opposed to abortion at any stage — showing the sanctity of human life exists from the first day of pregnancy.

“Christianity has always opposed abortion, from the time of the New Testament,” LifeSiteNews’ Pete Baklinski argues. “The Bible teaches that from conception, the womb holds a human person, calling pregnancy ‘to be with child’ (Isaiah 7:14).”

Baklinski uses specific verses to prove his point that humanity begins early in the womb.

“Many biblical individuals are explicitly described as ‘called’ or ‘known’ from the womb, such as Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:4─5), Isaiah (Isaiah 44:2; 49:1), Job (Job 10:8─12), Paul (Galatians 1:15), and John the Baptist (Luke 1:15),” the pro-lifer explains. “Early Christian documents condemning abortion include the Didache, where the Apostles teach, ‘Do not murder a child by abortion or kill a newborn infant.’” 

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