By / Jul 1

In this episode, Brent and Lindsay discuss the historic ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in Dobbs, overturning the abortion precedents set in Roe and Casey. They celebrate the decision and discuss the call of the church in a post-Roe world. They also talk about the victory for religious liberty at the Supreme Court in the Coach Kennedy case. 

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  • Dobbs Resource Page | The release of the Dobbs decision marks a true turning point in the pro-life movement, a moment that Christians, advocates and many others have worked toward tirelessly for 50 years. Let us rejoice that we live in a nation where past injustices can still be corrected, as we also roll our sleeves up to save preborn lives, serve vulnerable mothers, and support families in our communities. To get more resources on this case, visit
  • Sexual Ethics Resource Page | Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the constant stream of entertainment and messages that challenge the Bible’s teachings on sexual ethics? It often feels like we’re walking through uncharted terrority. But no matter what we face in our ever-shifting culture, God’s design for human sexuality has never changed. The ERLC’s new sexual ethics resource page is full of helpful articles, videos, and explainers that will equip you to navigate these important issues with truth and grace. Get these free resources at
By / May 10

This week, the U.S. Senate will vote on a bill titled the “Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022.” This vote is expected to fail, with all Republican senators as well as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) signaling that they will vote against the bill. This piece of legislation passed the House in September and is one of the most pro-abortion bills to have ever done so. Sens. Collins, a pro-choice Republican, has vowed to oppose this legislation because, “It supersedes all other federal and state laws, including the conscience protections that are in the Affordable Care Act,” and, “it doesn’t protect the right of a Catholic hospital to not perform abortions.”

Though an earlier version of this bill already failed in the Senate this year, Majority Leader Schumer is once again bringing this legislation up for a vote in response to last week’s leaked Supreme Court draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Though it is unclear whether the current majority in the draft opinion will hold and represent the final opinion, it seems that the court could be prepared to overturn the disastrous precedents set in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey and return the issue of abortion to the states

Though a final decision in the case is not expected until late June, it could be released at any time. In the meantime, Democratic legislators and President Biden are working to legislatively codify access to abortion at a federal level; however, it remains very unlikely that any of these legislative efforts will be successful due to the legislative filibuster and Sen. Manchin’s pro-life position.

What is the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022? 

The Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022 removes all restrictions and limits on abortion and allows for abortion up to the point of birth. Additionally, this bill removes all pro-life protections at the federal and state levels and eliminates a state’s ability to legislate on abortion. This bill also fails to protect the conscience of American taxpayers and would force taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions. Longstanding pro-life protections such as the Hyde Amendment and the Weldon Amendment would be removed.

Despite the bill’s name, vulnerable women and families will only be put more at risk if the Women’s Health Protection Act were to ever become law. Additionally, abortion is not healthcare. If human dignity is given to each person when created in the womb, then abortion is not only an assault on those made in the image of God but also causes irreparable harm on a vulnerable life. We believe abortion denies precious human lives both personhood and protection, and therefore cannot be considered as healthcare.

The role of government should be to protect these vulnerable, preborn babies, not to exploit them by removing restrictions on abortion that put their lives in grave danger. This bill is extraordinarily pro-abortion and ought to shock and grieve our consciences.

How is the ERLC involved?

The ERLC is strongly opposed to this bill and any effort to legalize abortion. We urge the Senate not to pass this destructive piece of legislation. It would put thousands of vulnerable, preborn lives at risk and steamroll over the the consciences of millions of Americans who do not wish to pay for or be compelled to provide abortions.

The ERLC will always advocate for life before Congress, the courts, and in the public square, and we’re are working toward a day when abortion is not only illegal but also unnecessary and unthinkable. We desire to see a culture where mothers are supported and provided with needed resources and where life is honored and valued. 

By / May 6

In this episode, Brent and Lindsay discuss the shocking draft opinion leak of the Supreme Court regarding Dobbs, the Mississippi abortion case. They also talk about the National Day of Prayer and 10 things Christians should know about kids and anxiety.

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  • Dobbs Resource Page Prayer Guide | Right now, the Supreme Court is considering a major Mississippi abortion case called Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The ERLC and other pro-life organizations filed an amicus brief in this case urging the Supreme Court to overturn the disatrous Roe v. Wade decision. Members of our team also joined pro-life advocates on the steps of the Supreme Court when oral arguments were heard last December. As we approach the Supreme Court’s final decision in June of this year, it’s important for Christians to pray for this landmark case and begin preparing our churches to serve vulnerable women and children in a potential post-Roe world. Download our free prayer guide at
  • Dobbs Resource Page | Many Christians are aware that an important case about abortion is being decided at the Supreme Court this June. But for many, this case is confusing and wrapped in a lot of legal jargon. The ERLC wants to help with that, so we’ve created a resource page that will help you and your church understand what this case means, what could happen if Roe v. Wade is overturned, and how your church can prepare to serve vulnerable women and children in the aftermath. To learn more about the Dobbs case and how you can pray, visit
By / May 3

A young contractor for the National Security Agency fled our nation in the spring of 2013. Within a matter of weeks, he would release a trove of highly classified documents related to America’s surveillance operations around the world. The effect his disclosures had on the U.S. intelligence community is hard to overstate. Numerous reforms have since been put in place. Cases about the programs have been litigated. Public policy debates centering on where to draw the line on national security and individual privacy continue to this day. Without a doubt, what Edward Snowden did was the most consequential leak I have seen in my years of working in public policy.

That is, until May 2, 2022.

Social media platforms, office chatter, and cable news are all abuzz regarding the stunning Politico report about a leaked majority opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that suggests the court is prepared to overturn the disastrous precedents set in Roe v. Wade and Planned  Parenthood v. Casey that gave us our current abortion legal framework. Assuming this opinion holds –– which, to be clear, no vote or opinion of the court is final until it is published –– it will mark a hopeful and substantial step toward establishing a true culture of life in our nation by giving states the freedom to pursue policies that protect preborn children. Christians should be in earnest prayer for such a moment.

In addition, I would suggest that it is helpful to explore at least a few of the myriad ramifications of this event.

The veracity of the leaked opinion

I have already had a few pastors ask me if this draft document is legitimate. Chief Justice Roberts, in a press release issued by the Supreme Court, confirmed the draft’s authenticity. However, he emphasized that “it does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case.” The working draft, composed by Associate Justice Samuel Alito, shares the perspective of a majority of Supreme Court justices on the Mississippi abortion case known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This case was argued last December and, ordinarily, a preliminary vote is taken by the justices to determine where they come down on a case. Since this is drafted as the “opinion of the Court,” we can assume at least five justices are in favor of the ruling. On that note, the Politico report contains this bit of information from a source:

A person familiar with the court’s deliberations said that four of the other Republican-appointed justices – Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett – had voted with Alito in the conference held among the justices after hearing oral arguments in December, and that line-up remains unchanged as of this week.

The three Democratic-appointed justices – Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan – are working on one or more dissents, according to the person. How Chief Justice John Roberts will ultimately vote, and whether he will join an already written opinion or draft his own, is unclear.

A culture of life

We have used the term “culture of life” in other pieces and places (including in the preceding paragraphs). But to ensure there is clarity about its meaning, let me state here what we at the ERLC mean. At the most basic level, establishing a culture of life in our nation means advancing policies and protections that prevent preborn children from having their lives snuffed out by abortion. 

Overturning the Roe-Casey precedents will mark massive progress toward this goal as the jurisprudence stemming from these cases has been the number one factor inhibiting pro-life laws from taking affect. That is what makes the Dobbs case so unique: It goes right at the heart of these prior decisions by questioning the “notion of viability as legal standard” and, importantly, is before a court that seems willing to entertain this line of argument (each year, the court only hears a fraction of the appeals that are made to it). 

But you cannot work in this field very long before coming to the realization that defensive measures protecting life, though absolutely essential, are not nearly enough. Any number of complex factors go into a woman’s decision to abort a child, including economic, cultural, and personal concerns. Do any of these outweigh the child’s right to take her first breath? Christians would rightly say “no.” Yet, that does not mean we should ignore those contributing issues. Instead, we should advance policy solutions that make abortion both unthinkable and unecessary. Failing to account for those perspectives is where abortion activists derive their “only care about the baby until it is born” talking point. That is why we have continually counseled policymakers, at both the federal and state level, to take an expansive approach to ending abortion that not only saves the life of the child but supports vulnerable mothers and families in crisis. 

Vulnerable mothers

In the wake of this leaked revelation, there will no doubt be many mothers currently carrying an unplanned child,  and other women, who are going to be fearful of what all this means. If they aren’t already thinking along these lines, Planned Parenthood, the abortion industry giant, will no doubt instill that fear in them. While Planned Parenthood couches its concern in notions of privacy and bodily autonomy (conveniently sidestepping the autonomy of the child), they realize the taking down of Roe and Casey is a direct threat to their finances –– and their very existence.

But we must avoid losing sight of those mothers. Some of them are legitimately in crisis because, in many instances, they have been told the lie that their lives and livelihoods are going to be negatively affected by the birth of this child. So our words in this moment should not be ones merely of celebration about what is contained within this draft opinion, but also of care for those who will not greet this news with joy.

The role of state legislators

Given the framing of the opinion, if it becomes reality, a massive issue will be turned over to state legislators across the country. The debates we see taking place annually in Washington will now be closer to home, taking place in our state capitol buildings. Some states, because of laws passed preparing for this moment, will immediately move to a pro-life legal posture. Other states will initiate the process to codify abortion as right in their state and pass laws that are far more permissive than what they have had previously.

Whatever the context, my advice to these state leaders is this: Resist the urge to use this moment for pure political gain. Avoid the temptation to step back into partisan corners. Instead, this should be seen as a watershed moment to do what our consciences tell us to be true — save lives.

Now is the time to innovate new policies that serve mothers and families, give every child the right to take his or her first breath, and promote flourishing. In recent years, our work at the state and local level has increased considerably as more and more substantive policies are passed because of the dysfunction in Washington. The ERLC stands ready to work with governors, majority and minority leaders, and legislators of all stripes to help them create and implement laws that respect human dignity. But that can only happen if lawmakers are willing to put down the weapons of political warfare and take up the plow of policymaking. The reality is that a culture of life will not be established through the methods of culture-warring.

What this means for the court

In all of this, we also must acknowledge the damage this leak does to the institution of the court. It represents an incredible rupture of the protocol that has governed private court deliberations since its inception. Moreover, due to the very fact ​this​ is a draft, a potentially combustible environment has now been created where some actors may try to pressure the court to change course. Merely uttering that thought takes one’s mind down some dark corridors given ​our low state of affairs. 

So what should the justices do? In addition to undertaking an investigation about the leak (which reports confirm is underway), I would urge the court to move with all deliberate speed to finalize and publish this decision as soon as possible. As stated above, it would immediately usher in a new era in many states when more preborn lives can be saved, and it would show, despite their differences, these justices will not be bullied by anyone seeking to operate outside of its established processes. 

The Church in this moment

This has been said a number of times by pastors and ministry leaders but it bears repeating here: The end of Roe would mark a new beginning for the pro-life movement. Churches will be essential in this coming moment. Already I have been told stories of individual congregations partnering with local foster programs, supporting local Baptist children’s homes, teaming up with pregnancy resource clinics in their communities, and helping policymakers in their pews understand the inherent worth and value of every child. 

If this draft opinion becomes reality, all of this and more will be needed. The support that mothers in crisis need from lawmakers must first be modeled well by the church. But before we get to that, we must be engaged in a season of earnest prayer. If it is helpful, here is how I will be praying and I invite anyone reading this to join me: 

  • I will praise God for this moment that many of us have all dedicated years of our lives to seeing. 
  • I will be lamenting the loss of so many children who had their lives destroyed over the last 50 years and mothers who have been preyed upon by the abortion industry. 
  • I will be praying for each justice and their safety, for this court majority to hold firm for life, and for all of them, collectively, to have the fortitude to withstand the torrent of criticism that is likely coming their way. 
  • I will ask God to raise up the next generation of pro-life leaders who will serve in their communities and in their churches to meet the needs of the vulnerable in a Christ-like manner, building a culture of life where they live.  

In June 2003, the Southern Baptist Convention passed Resolution 8 marking 30 years since the Roe decision was handed down. It contained these words: “RESOLVED, That we pray and work for the repeal of the Roe v. Wade decision and for the day when the act of abortion will be not only illegal, but also unthinkable.”

The ERLC’s current messaging on abortion is grounded in this language from nearly two decades ago. The resolution prayerfully envisioned a day when this nation would enter a post-Roe moment. This leaked draft opinion would indicate we are closer than we have ever been to that reality. When that day is upon us, we will enter a time when the inherent rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are finally extended to our most vulnerable neighbors.

By / Mar 4

In this episode, Brent and Lindsay discuss war refugee estimates by the UN, the State of the Union address, and SBC president updates, including Ed Litton not running for reelection and Willy Rice running for election. They also talk about how war reveals objective truth and a new ERLC resource for information regarding the Mississippi abortion case. 

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  1. War refugees | Axios: UN estimates 1 million refugees from the crisis
  2. French president talks to Putin | CNN: Macron believes “worst is yet to come” for Russian invasion
  3. State of the Union | BP
  4. SBC president updates | BP: Ed Litton announces he will not run for reelection and  Pastor Willy Rice announces run for SBC president
  5. Baseball | Yahoo Sports: MLB cancels Opening Day


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