United States (MNN) — Political and social fallout continues today in the United States. On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a decision that declared abortion to be a constitutional right.
The Court’s newest decision in Dobbs v. Jackson leaves abortion legislation up to the states rather than the federal government. Abortion access and restrictions vary widely by state, meaning the issue is likely to be a key element in midterm elections.
A decision like this will affect millions of people in the United States, making it an immediate call to prayer. “We should be praying for women who have had abortions; for men, parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles who have encouraged or forced abortion,” Prayercast Director Chris Ruge suggests.
“We should be praying for abortion providers, doctors, and nurses who have been involved in this, pleading that God would transform lives because we ultimately don’t want a court decision; we want to see hearts transformed.”
Abortion advocates decried the ruling on Friday, while opponents called it “an answer to prayer.” There are devout followers of Jesus on both sides of the abortion issue, and it has deep emotional ramifications.
“In these days, where people will be experiencing so many different emotions – from rage to hurt, confusion to hopelessness – it’s critical that we as believers love our neighbors and come alongside one another,” Ruge says.
No matter where you stand on abortion, will you stand with us in prayer for the people affected? Use this Prayercast video to guide your intercession.
Header image depicts protestors outside of the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Penney/Unsplash)