LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – Pastor Robert Cunningham of Tate’s Creek Presbyterian Church has called on anti-abortion church leaders to be among the first to help deal with the fallout from Roe’s cancellation. v. Wade.
“What is it like to be a church in Kentucky that is going to face a decrease in abortion but an increase in the foster care system, unwanted children, single mothers?” asked Cunningham.
After Roe’s cancellation, abortions were banned in Kentucky. But on Thursday, a state court granted the American Civil Liberties Union’s temporary restraining order.
This means that abortions are legal for the time being.
“That issue came down to the states and the state constitution actually has more explicit and stronger privacy protections than the US constitution and that’s what we argued in state court,” he said. said ACLU spokesman Samuel Crankshaw.
The restraining order is not permanent, however. While the two sides are still battling, Cunningham said if an abortion ban is reinstated, conservative Christians should be ready to step in and help unwanted mothers and children.
“We don’t have this complex that we’re going to be able to fix this whole state. We need to focus on our community and where God has placed our church,” Cunningham said.
For Cunningham’s congregation, that means providing direct support to underserved communities.
According to an NBC report, maternal poverty is higher in trigger-law states like Kentucky.
Cunningham said having programs in place in these areas can reduce a woman’s chances of having an abortion if she becomes pregnant.
“A teacher told us that 15 of his 23 students don’t know their father, so we support single mothers,” he explained.
Cunningham said Kentucky is home to nearly 5,000 churches, and each one doing their small part can have an impact across the Commonwealth.
“A church by itself you look at and it’s impossible to solve our foster care problem, but together it can be very powerful,” Cunningham said.