Pro-Life Democrat Congressional Candidate (IL-1) Pastor Chris Butler Urges “A New Way Forward on Abortion” Following Dobbs Decision (Chicago, IL) — As the nation responds to the release of the Supreme Court decision on the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Center, US Congressional candidate for the 1st District of Illinois Pastor Chris Butler urges Americans to embrace a new, holistic approach to addressing abortion.
The following statement regarding Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Center can be attributed to Pastor Chris Butler.
“Today’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey initiates a momentous shift in this nation’s landscape. While I am thankful for the protection that pre-born children will receive in many states in this new post-Roe environment, I want to emphasize that this change signals the need for this nation to adopt a new way forward in how it deals with the issue of abortion. Now that the question of how to address this issue is sent back to the people and their elected representatives, we cannot let the political class continue to capitalize on dividing Americans with inflammatory rhetoric and false binaries. Americans know that abortion ends precious lives, but they also recognize that vulnerable expectant parents, facing record-high costs of living, unaffordable healthcare, inaccessible childcare, and more need support. We need to adopt a holistic approach that meets the needs of our families. This means opting for (1) real conversations, listening to the concerns of the diverse families who face abortion decisions, (2) unprecedented investment in these families, offering them real support and empowering them to choose life for their pre-born children, and (3) a fresh group of leaders who can move beyond the old paradigm and bring real change. I have taken this approach since the beginning of my campaign, and plan to continue to do so in Congress. I hope the rest of this nation’s leaders join me.”
Pastor Butler, who started his congressional campaign in April 2021, has advanced this new way forward throughout his career. As the senior pastor of his childhood church, the Chicago Embassy Church Network, for over six years, he has counseled several couples making difficult pregnancy decisions, serving them with love whether they ultimately chose abortion or not. As co-founder of the AND Campaign, a national civic engagement nonprofit, Pastor Chris has advanced his holistic approach at the national level to abortion through the organization’s Whole Life Project. He has also advocated for Guaranteed Basic Income, the child tax credit, family-centered education reform, paid maternity leave, and several other policies that would address factors such as poverty and lack of support that most often lead women to abortion.
Pro-Life Democrat Congressional Candidate (IL-1) Pastor Chris Butler Urges “A New Way Forward on Abortion” Following Dobbs Decision