When Christian Evangelicals were pro-choice

Thanks to the GOP hijacking Christian voters over the issue of abortion, some Christians feel voting Republican is their only option.

And the GOP did hijack the abortion issue: Southern Baptists were pro-choice in 1973. But because Democratic President Jimmy Carter was a Southern Baptist and a Sunday

School teacher, the GOP moved to split the Christian vote over abortion. (And to shore up the segregationist segment of Christian voters. If you didn’t know any of this, it’s because they succeeded.)

Here’s some background info:

“But Dartmouth College’s Randall Balmer writes that “the abortion myth quickly collapses under historical scrutiny.” He notes that “it wasn’t until 1979 — a full six years after Roe — that evangelical leaders, at the behest of conservative activist Paul Weyrich, seized on abortion not for moral reasons, but …. because the anti-abortion crusade was more palatable than the religious right’s real motive: protecting segregated schools.”

“When Roe was first decided, most of the Southern evangelicals who today make up the backbone of the anti-abortion movement believed that abortion was a deeply personal issue in which government shouldn’t play a role.”



January 31, 1973
High Court Holds Abortion To Be ‘A right of Privacy’
By W. Barry Garrett

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision that overturned a Texas law which denied a woman the right of abortion except to save her life, has advanced the cause of religious liberty, human equality and justice. At the same time ‘the court struck down a Georgia law that imposed unconstitutional procedures, in getting medical approval for an abortion…”


So, there you go.

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1 Response to When Christian Evangelicals were pro-choice

  1. Ray Gross says:

    I was raised in a Southern Baptist Church by a devout Mom. Back then the SBC approved of abortion up until “”the time of Quickening”. She remained Pro Choice until her death in 2008.
    The Southern Baptist Convention was taken over by Conservatives in the late 60s and they adopted the Anti Abortion stance in order to align with Catholics to form the MORAL MAJORITY, a political organization.


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