John Cooper, the frontman and bassist for the Grammy-nominated Christian rock band SKILLET, has reacted to a leaked draft opinion revealed by Politico on Monday (Might 2) that exhibits a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court docket has voted to overturn the landmark 1973 ruling Roe v. Wade that established the precise to abortion almost 50 years in the past.
Based on the Politico report, the draft was written by Justice Samuel Alito and circulated in February. Alito was reportedly joined by justices Clarence Thomas and all three of former President Donald Trump‘s nominees — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett — whereas justices Stephen Breyer, Elana Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor had been engaged on dissents. It was unclear how Chief Justice John Roberts voted.
In a brand new 13-minute video posted to his Cooper Stuff YouTube channel, Cooper addressed Alito‘s draft opinion, which might strike down Roe v. Wade and permit states to limit abortion. The 47-year-old mentioned partly (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “If this truly occurs, what it means is that Roe v. Wade goes to be turned over. Now, let’s simply say this: that is one thing that Christians have been praying about actually for 50 years. Okay, we will not exaggerate this — 50 years Christians have been praying about this. Individuals have been begging and pleading God to intervene. Individuals like my mother, who’s with Jesus now, prayed and fasted and went to prayer conferences and went and handed out literature at abortion clinics attempting to save lots of infants. This was only a custom that I grew up in. Individuals in my household struggle large time for the pro-life trigger. My daughter volunteers at a pro-life clinic, in addition to my church has a pro-life prayer assembly that meets each single Monday, week after week, yr after yr. Individuals have been begging and pleading for this to vary.
“That is enormous information, all proper?” he continued. “Truly, my father-in-law and my mother-in-law had been each arrested 20 years in the past for standing exterior of an abortion clinic — being peaceable, in fact, however attempting at hand out literature and that kind of factor. Individuals have been combating for this for many years.”
The 1973 Roe v. Wade courtroom resolution affirmed the precise to obtain an abortion underneath the 14th Modification, ruling that abortions had been constitutionally protected up till about 23 weeks when a fetus can usually dwell exterior the womb.
Within the 98-page draft, Alito mentioned Roe was wrongly determined, saying the difficulty ought to be determined by politicians, not courts. If Roe is reversed, it could not federally outlaw abortion. Nevertheless, it could shift the facility to states to determine on the process’s legality.
Based on a brand new Politico/Morning Seek the advice of ballot, nearly twice as many People (50 %) say they need the courtroom to reaffirm Roe v. Wade as say they need it overturned (28 %). 22 % are undecided, in keeping with the ballot. Majorities of Democrats (68 %) and Independents (52 %) say Roe shouldn’t be overturned, whereas a slim majority of Republicans (51 %) say it ought to.
Critics have mentioned that tossing out the landmark rulings establishing abortion rights would tarnish the courtroom’s fame and open the floodgates to different challenges to well-settled regulation.
One other Christian rocker who apparently agrees with Cooper is STRYPER frontman Michael Candy. Two years in the past, Candy publicly revealed his views on abortion whereas discussing how he decides which presidential candidate he will get behind. He informed Slabber.web in an interview: “It is not something new for folks to listen to from a Christian that they help pro-life. We wish to see kids which might be unborn, dwell. The opposite aspect of that argument, for instance, if the lady is raped and she or he loses her proper to have an abortion, that is a horrible factor as properly, and I agree with that. You’ll suppose on this case a lady ought to have the selection to maintain that child or not preserve that child. It is a powerful argument. There are professionals and cons to either side of this argument. For me, as a believer, as a Christian, the pro-life professionals outweigh the cons. Subsequently, I am a man who usually will get behind whoever is the candidate that’s pro-life as properly.”
In numerous interviews over time, John has mentioned that he “at all times had religion in God” and that his mom was a “Jesus fanatic.” He additionally claimed that he was keen to place his profession on the road to take a stand for Christ.
In April 2021, Cooper informed the “Undaunted.Life: A Man’s Podcast” that it was completely positive for Christians to play rock music. “I might say that music is created not by the Satan; [it is] created by the Lord,” he mentioned. “All issues had been created by God. So as an alternative of considering that the Satan owns a style of music, I might say seize that music and produce it again into subjection underneath the Lordship of Christ.”