A Brief History of the Scarlet “A” – Abortion – in the United States

State of Belief is excited to welcome back Patricia Miller, an author who has written extensively about the intersection of politics, sex and religion for Religion Dispatches and many other publications. This week, she’ll be with us to talk about her new book Good Catholics: The Battle Over Abortion in the Catholic Church , which is an ethical-theological-historical page-turner if there ever was one! Patti walks us through the history of the Catholic hierarchy’s all-too-often political determination of “timeless” doctrines on abortion and contraception. This history is essential knowledge for everyone affected by today’s culture wars, in which uncompromising rhetoric around reproductive issues are so heavily influenced by particular powerful organized religions like the Catholic Church.