Heated conversation surrounding the abortion issue has heightened in recent months as states have continued to pass “heartbeat bills” and other laws restricting abortions.
Alabama is the latest to join a wave of conservative states that have taken a pro-life stance through heavy limitations on abortion. Governors in Mississippi, Ohio, Kentucky, and Georgia are among those who have outlawed the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Hundreds of celebrities have also weighed in on the matter through sharing personal stories, rallying for boycotts, and starting movements championing for change via social media.
Last week, Christian rapper Lecrae took to Twitter to share his sentiments about what it means to be pro-life, arguing that children’s lives outside the womb matter just as much as those inside.
He also admitted that he’s paid for an abortion in the past and regrets his decision.
“I’ve paid for an abortion. I regret it,” wrote Lecrae.
“I won’t pretend I’m fully educated on the policy nuances or women’s experiences. I just don’t seem to hear the voices crying against the murder of children inside the womb, crying about those outside the womb.”
The comment ignited a wide range of responses, from those who emphatically agreed to those who strongly felt the rapper’s claim was out of line.
In response to the latter group, Lecrae wrote, “Haven’t seen the same support for the marginalized communities I’ve served in for 15 years. Most of my friends in urban ministry lack support. They are dealing with the families and societal injustices AFTER the kids are born.”
Perhaps the most notable voice that joined the conversation was former NFL tight end, Benjamin Watson.
“Here I am bruh,” Watson wrote in reply. “In the womb, outside the womb, conception to grave count me in. Standing for life does not have to be a mutually exclusive event.”
🙋🏾♂️ here I am bruh. In the womb, outside the womb, conception to grave count me in. Standing for life does not have to be a mutually exclusive event. https://t.co/nS3n7CfEz9
— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) May 16, 2019