Rev. Matthew Westfox appears on MSNBC to talk about Christianity and reproductive rights.
The Reverend Matthew Westfox is on a mission from God: to make justice and compassion central to the discussion of reproductive rights among people of Christian faith. In his appearance on MSNBC with Melissa Harris-Perry, Matthew Westfox appeals to Christian Americans on abortion access on on the basis of shared articles of faith: as Christians, and as Americans.
The Bible no more mentions a ban on abortion than it mentions air conditioner repair. Neither was being talked about two thousand years ago, and yet people of faith seek a message in their sacred texts that helps them answer the challenges they face today. “I think we are commanded to seek justice and compassion and at this time and place it’s fitting that we discuss what that looks like in terms of reproductive justice,” Westfox tells The Good Men Project.
In his MSNBC appearance, Rev. Westfox humanizes those who seek out abortions—many are mothers already, he reminds us; their decisions are often difficult; and faith is a factor for many—as well as some of those who provide abortion services.
During the interview, MSNBC intercut images of protests with those of the studio where Westfox spoke, reminding me not of those who protest for reproductive rights, but those who fight against those rights by characterizing these mothers and saviors as demonic murderers. It’s a powerful image Westfox is countering, but they are of good versus evil, of humans we can support and empathize with, versus the other side’s characterizations of “abortion doctors” and their patients as the Devil.
Rev. Westfox tells the GMP:
As a Christian, I feel a particularly responsibility to work for reproductive justice. Not just because scripture calls us to work for justice. Not just because my faith teaches us that we are wonderfully made by a Creator who has granted everyone of us the gift of conscience- the ability to make our own decisions about what is best in aspects of our lives such as reproduction. Beyond that, I do this work because it is people who share my faith, who speak the same name of God that I do, who have done so much damage by preaching a gospel of misogyny and intolerance. There are so many wonderful people of faith, of so many faiths, who are struggling every day to turn back the tide and work for reproductive justice. I’m just honored to be among them.
It’s a fight I hope he can win.