In a radio interview last Thursday, Atlanta pastor running for the United States Senate, Raphael Warnock, stated that abortion “is consistent with my view as a Christian minister and I will fight for it.”
Warnock has been the senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia since 2005. At the time, he was the youngest person at age 35 to take the senior pastoral role in Ebenezer’s long history.
Now, Warnock has decided to seek political office, running as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate against the current Republican Senator, Kelly Loeffler.
Last Thursday, Tim Bryant of WGAU interviewed Warnock about his campaign.
Warnock spoke of his long history of political activism, fighting for healthcare and workers’ rights. “This gives me an opportunity to translate my activism and creative agitation into legislation to represent the people I’ve been fighting for in a different kind of way.”
Bryant asked Warnock directly about the pro-choice platform of the Democrat party and how that “squares with” his views as a Christian minister.
“I believe that healthcare is a human right,” Warnock told Bryant, “and I believe it is something that the richest nation in the world provides for its citizens, and for me reproductive justice is consistent with my commitment to that.”
“I believe unequivocally in a woman’s right to choose, and that the decision is something that we don’t want government engaged in – that’s between her and her doctor and her minister. And I will fight for that in the United States Senate…”
Of “women’s health, women’s choice, and reproductive justice”, Warnock said those things are “consistent with my view as a Christian minister and I will fight for it.”
Bryant asked further: “Do you think it’s consistent with God’s view – that God endorses the millions of abortions we’ve had in this country since Roe v. Wade?”
“I think that human agency and freedom is consistent with my view as a minister,” responded Warnock.
Warnock’s website boasts the endorsements of pro-choice organizations NARAL and Planned Parenthood.
Among many things he promises to do to support “reproductive justice,” he lists a commitment as Senator to 1) “support judicial nominees that support a woman’s right to choose and uphold Roe v. Wade” and 2) “oppose all partisan attacks defunding health care providers like Planned Parenthood.”
“As a pro-choice pastor, I believe in a woman’s right to choose…” he recently posted to Twitter:
As a pro-choice pastor, I believe in a woman’s right to choose, and that it’s a decision between her and her doctor – not the government. Learn more about my stance on reproductive rights here: https://t.co/77BhzQVNAn pic.twitter.com/B2o7sDzP91
— Reverend Raphael Warnock (@ReverendWarnock) August 23, 2020
Warnock received his Master’s of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
He was invited by former President Barack Obama to deliver the closing prayer at the 2013 Inaugural Prayer Service at the National Cathedral, and to give a sermon for the Annual White House Prayer Breakfast in March 2016.
Warnock also spoke at John Lewis’ funeral in July (held at his Atlanta church), in which he co-opted a Scripture about Jesus’ sacrifice to save mankind from sin to describe Lewis’ fight for racial justice in America:
“We celebrate John Lewis. He was wounded for America’s transgressions, bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed.”