When the Daily Caller and various other news agencies reported that presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton told women at the sixth annual Women in the World Summit that “deep-seated” and “religious beliefs” would have to change to give women better access to reproductive health care, the evangelical Christian community was quick to respond.
They know “reproductive health care” is sanitized language for, among other things, abortion. So it’s not at all surprising the Christian response to Clinton’s assertion was outrage and disgust. Conventional wisdom holds that those who have deep-seated religious beliefs about the sanctity of life are not going to simply “change” them to make way for more abortion. There are two assumptions at play here: first, evangelicals are overwhelmingly pro-life and, second, evangelicals will behave accordingly.
So when Christians take offense at the suggestion that deeply held religious beliefs must change so that women can access abortion, they may be failing to appreciate the tenuous nature of their pro-life hegemony. Not only is Clinton’s suggestion not absurd, recent history tells us it’s completely plausible.