It’s Not Just an Abortion Ban:
The Christian Right’s Global Agenda

May 1, 2007

By Yifat Susskind, MADRE Communications Director

After the initial shock of the recent Supreme Court
ruling upholding President Bush’s abortion ban, it’s
time to acknowledge the full reality of the decision.
According to the American College of Obstetrics and
Gynecologists–which represents 90 percent of OB/GYNs
in the US–the ruling is harmful to women’s health. But
the Court’s decision is about much more than a woman’s
right to safely end a pregnancy. That’s because today’s
Supreme Court is a product of the Bush Administration
(newcomer Justices Roberts and Alito tipped the
decision); and the Bush Administration is a product of
the Christian Right. Anyone who has been watching the
Christian Right chip away at abortion access and the
separation of church and state knows that criminalizing
abortion is just the tip of the Christian-
fundamentalist iceberg and that their agenda is global
in scope.

Globalizing the Culture War

Today, Regent, the flagship university of the openly
theocratic wing of the Christian Right, has 150 alumni
working in the Bush Administration. Their alma mater’s
mission: to provide “Christian leadership to change the
world.” Overturning Roe v. Wade in the US has been
their signature preoccupation, but as missionaries, the
battlefield of the Christian Right is the whole world.
Christian Right activists recognized years ago that
they weren’t winning any decisive battles in the
domestic “culture war.” But they also noticed that the
mainstream women’s movement was largely absent from
foreign policy debates. Compared with domestic
politics, foreign policy was a feminist-free zone–so
the Christian Right moved in.

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