Thousands of Mennonites and their evangelical co-religionists have been conned by the obsession about abortion. There is no biblical support for their position. The word does not exist in the Bible. At least one case probably refers to it: In Numbers 5, it seems a priest is instructed on how to force abortion upon a woman as a test for alleged adultery. Neither “Thou shalt not kill” in the Ten Commandments nor references like Psalm 139:13 (“you knit me together in my mother’s womb”) are persuasive, considering that God ordered the Israelites to kill all the Indigenous people of Canaan (did God not also knit them together in their mothers’ wombs?). Not very long ago both the Southern Baptist Convention and Christianity Today endorsed the compromise of Roe v. Wade.
Many of these folks had not previously voted at all. Now they are voting a single issue and disregarding the consequences, including biblical concerns that come directly from Jesus. And they have joined with a political party that has been trying to prevent Black people, Indigenous Americans and other minorities from voting and diluting the weight of their votes by gerrymandering. Suppressing the vote of Indigenous Americans, whose lands we all have stolen, is particularly offensive to Mennonites who are trying, under the rubric of “Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery,” to treat Indigenous people with a modicum of decency.
Donald E. Voth, Albuquerque, N.M.