The Parliament of the World’s Religions released a statement saying the interfaith organization is “deeply troubled by the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.”
The Supreme Court’s decision, announced June 24, overturns Roe v. Wade, a 1973 Supreme Court decision that upheld the constitutional right to abortion. As a result, abortion will now be the purview of state legislators.
While conservative groups greeted the news as a victory for the rights of unborn children, the statement from the Parliament of the World’s Religions argues that the decision imposes religious beliefs on a pluralistic and secular society.
“Among the religions of the world and also within individual traditions, there is a wide range of views on the onset of personality and no general consensus exists,” reads the Parliament’s statement.
“But the Dobbs effect is the government’s imposition of the beliefs of certain religious groups on members of other faiths, on the unaffiliated, and on those whose deep moral values are not rooted in religion, who do not share these beliefs, and therefore directly affects those, especially women, who are no longer free to live in accordance with their own traditional religious teachings and long-held moral values.
“The government’s imposition of the moral values of some religions on others is in direct violation of the fundamental values of Parliament as well as freedom of religion and the separation of church and state enshrined in the first amendment to the US Constitution. Our concerns have been compounded by the Supreme Court’s decision in Kennedy v. Bremerton, which further erodes the separation between church and state.
“As a multi-religious world and society, it is important that no religious tradition imposes its moral or ethical values on the religious beliefs of others through government. Such a fundamental principle ensures that those who differ are free to practice the values of their own faith knowing that, just as they cannot impose their views on others, the views of others will not be imposed on them.
The next meeting of the Parliament of the World’s Religions will take place in Chicago from August 14-18, 2023. For more information, visit the official website.