Former NFL tight end Benjamin Watson took issue with Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden for pledging that he will make Roe v. Wade “the law of the land” during an NBC News town hall event on Monday, Faithwire reports.
“Actually overturning Roe/Wade would CORRECTLY return the issue to the states where the people and their state govts will decide whether to deprive ANY person of life liberty and property. Truly INTERPRETING rights in the reconstruction era 14th amendment instead of CREATING them” Watson tweeted Tuesday morning.
Actually overturning Roe/Wade would CORRECTLY return the issue to the states where the people and their state govts will decide whether to deprive ANY person of life liberty and property. Truly INTERPRETING rights in the reconstruction era 14th amendment instead of CREATING them. https://t.co/unKQJGljyc— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) October 6, 2020
Section 1 of the 14th Amendment states that “no state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
During Monday’s town hall, as Christian Headlines previously reported, a woman asked Biden how he seeks to protect a woman's reproductive rights following Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Biden responded saying, “No. 1, we don’t know exactly what she will do, although the expectation is that she may very well move to … overrule Roe.”
He continued, “And the only thing — the only responsible response to that would be to pass legislation making Roe the law of the land. That’s what I would do.”
According to NPR, Barrett – a professing Catholic – holds to a pro-life position but does not believe that Roe v. Wade will be overturned if she is confirmed to the highest court in the land.
In September, Watson – an outspoken Christian – produced a film on abortion titled, “Divided Hearts of America.” In the film, Watson interviews over 30 people “from all over the political and social spectrum” concerning the much-debated topic of abortion.
“I believe in the sanctity of life, be it in the womb or on your deathbed”, Watson said, according to the film’s website. “That’s my conviction. But with the film, I’ll engage those who disagree and hear their reasoning. The No. 1 thing I’m looking for is empathy on both sides.”
Several prominent leaders appear in the film including Dr. Martin Luther King's niece, Alveda King and neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson.
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