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Nevada faith leaders react to Roe v. Wade decision

Posted at 9:58 PM, Jul 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-03 16:27:46-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV)  — The Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has caused division, concern and reflection. Some in the Las Vegas valley are turning to religion for answers and protection.

Jessica Hutchings is a woman of Jewish faith.

It's just not simple," she said. "It's just not black and white. There's a lot of gray area here."

Hutchings is a cantor at Congregation Ner Tamid. One of the largest synagogues in Nevada.

"Interestingly, Judaism says that life begins at birth," she said. "Which is different than a lot of religions where they say life begins at conception."

Hutchings has received praise for speaking out. However, she's also been met with some criticism. She struggled to conceive a baby after IVF treatments, and it was the removal procedure that saved her life after a miscarriage.

"It's just a very complicated situation," she said. "And we need to be able to look at the big picture."

Robert Bush is pastor in the valley, and President of the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Action Network.

Pastor Bush acknowledges that many of his fellow Christians are pro-life, and believe abortion is a sin.

However, he believes in a woman's right to choose.

"I believe that only God can can can judge any one individual."

Bush says regardless of faith, the overturn of Roe v. Wade is a step backwards for civil and human rights.