September 13, 2022 – Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser issued the following statement in response to the restrictive national abortion ban bill introduced today by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.):
Religious freedom demands the right to an abortion so people can make their own reproductive decisions according to their own beliefs and principles. Abortion bans like the one Sen. Graham is proposing undermine religious freedom by attempting to impose one religious viewpoint on all of us.
The foundational promise of separation of church and state is meant to safeguard our right to live as ourselves and believe as we choose. Abortion bans breach this promise and impose one religious belief on all of us. That’s the opposite of religious freedom; it’s religious privilege for one narrow religious viewpoint. I’ll say it again: Reproductive freedom is religious freedom.
Americans United is a religious freedom advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, AU educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom. Learn more at www.au.org.