Man Who Started Anti-Abortion Movement Horrified by Roe v. Wade Ruling

Frank Schaeffer, raised in an evangelical fundamentalist home, toured the U.S. speaking on abortion.

He later collaborated with his father, Francis Schaeffer, to direct and produce two documentary movie series with an anti-abortion theme, which would go on to be viewed in Christian schools, colleges, and homes.

However, Schaeffer has since turned on his anti-abortion upbringing and been critical of his past-held views.

In his new book on family values and the abortion debate, Fall in Love, Have Children, Stay Put, Save the Planet, Be Happy, he described his anti-abortion work as providing "the toxic ideological incentive for millions of Christians in the evangelical subculture to turn into a xenophobic aggrieved and perpetually angry mob."

Following the leak of a near 100-page draft opinion from the Supreme Court that shows it seemingly ready to strike down Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark ruling that guarantees abortion rights, Schaeffer took to Twitter to voice his concern.

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Abortion rights activists gather in protest outside the US Courthouse to defend abortion rights in downtown Los Angeles on May 3, 2022. Frank Schaeffer, who is credited with starting an anti-abortion movement, is horrified by Roe v. Wade ruling. Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images

The ruling (should it come into law) would instantly make abortion illegal in at least 13 states, with legal access to abortion varying widely across the country.

Subsequently, a large number of protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court to demonstrate against the expected ruling.

"Roe now, gay rights next, the evangelical led right-wing will not stop. The USA is going to be the Christian version of Iran," Schaeffer tweeted.

Speaking to Newsweek, Schaeffer warned of further developments that could occur if Roe v. Wade is struck down. "What will happen next is that the agenda will just continue to broaden," he said.

"One looks at, for instance, the right to gay marriage and or contraceptive coverage by insurance companies, and then contraceptives itself.

"Out of the five or six methods of contraception available to women, several, such as the morning after pill, IUDs (intrauterine device) and a number of other methods, have already been declared abortifacients [a substance that induces abortion] by the pro-life lobby."

Schaeffer also reiterated this claim in a tweet on Wednesday.

"Anti-abortion evangelicals and Catholics say many birth control methods, such as Plan B and certain intrauterine devices (IUDS), work as abortifacients because they may prevent the implantation of fertilized eggs. Women will be denied contraception. Far fetched? Just wait."

Schaeffer did admit that the topic of abortion may be a difficult and morally ambivalent issue but said it initially came down to who is trusted.

"In my mind, it is very clear, it is an issue of trust, who are you going to trust?" he told Newsweek.

"In my view, the only person to trust with this decision is a woman. Having said that, are all women going to make the best decision for themselves? I don't know.

"Do you have a better alternative than trusting women? I have never heard one."

He added: "You have to trust someone, do we trust judges? Do we trust gynecologists? Do we trust the American Medical Association? Do we trust priests? Do we trust bishops? Do we trust religion? Do we trust Churches?

"One can argue all of that, there is only one position that to me makes any sense, whether it is morally, politically or practically and that is you have to trust women."