How Overturning Roe v. Wade Endangers Homeschooling

All eyes are on the Supreme Court as it considers Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization—a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade. While the fall of Roe will endanger reproductive rights, other rights could also come under threat—rights deeply important to evangelicals, such as the right to homeschool or give their children a religious education. 

I recently had the opportunity to explore these unintended consequences of overturning Roe. First, I wrote an article for Religion Dispatches (now my third article for them!) that highlighted how even the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) argues that Roe is “the strongest precedent” for the right to homeschool. I also cite homeschool historian Milton Gaither, who explains in his 2008 book “Homeschool: An American History” how Roe came to protect homeschooling. You can read the article here.

Second, I was honored to return to the State of Belief Show, hosted by Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, to discuss my Religion Dispatches article. (I previously was on the show to discuss my article, “How Homeschoolers Plan to Take Over the World.”) We discussed how Roe protects family privacy rights in general, and how overturning Roe will have significant ramifications beyond reproductive rights. You can listen to the episode here.

Published by R.L. Stollar

R.L. Stollar is a child liberation theologian and an advocate for children and abuse survivors. The author of an upcoming book on child liberation theology, The Kingdom of Children, Ryan has an M.H.S. in Child Protection from Nova Southeastern University and an M.A. in Eastern Classics from St. John’s College.

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