It's worth acknowledging that what Fred Phelps does is just an extreme example of what society does to women on a daily basis. Any woman who shows independent agency in her childbearing decisions is open to questions and even vilification.
Any law that labels abortion a crime, even if it allows for exceptions, in practice makes it complicated, if not impossible, to get access to health- and life-preserving abortions. This is the situation in Argentina.
The black church has the moral authority to confront the outrageous lies about abortion perpetrated by this campaign and to bear witness to the fact that, for women, freedom must include reproductive options.
The Department of Health determines that contraception is not preventive care for women in the US, but USAID continues to expand access to contraception in the developing world? Talk about a split personality!
When it comes to the issue of abortion, we Christians would do very well indeed to acknowledge that virtually everyone agrees that getting an abortion is never a desirable option -- it is a last resort.
Since 81% of Americans believe that individuals should have control over their own important life decisions, Palin's staunchly anti-choice beliefs are in direct contradiction of the majority of not just her party, but everyone.