New York Times bestselling author, podcaster, and mother of five, Jen Hatmaker, who has given advice to Christians about “Raising Jesus Kids,” shared last week that the possible “overturning of Roe is a shocking, unprecedented repeal of women’s rights, and it will not be the end.”
Who Is Jen Hatmaker?
In 2014, Hatmaker and her family starred in an HGTV reality series titled “My Big Family Renovation” after her blog went viral in 2013 because of an interview she did with the Today Show about the struggles moms have at the end of the school year.
In 2015, Hatmaker was featured on the ChurchLeaders Podcast and spoke about changing the tone of our cultural engagement, adoption, and women’s ministry, as well as her family’s intentional fight against excessiveness.
However, Hatmaker’s books were pulled from the Southern Baptist Convention’s Lifeway Christian Resources in 2016 after the author decided to affirm same-sex relationships. She explained in a lengthy Facebook post that her affirmation of the LGBTQ community wasn’t to gain the approval of more people but because Jesus tells Christians to love others.
“I don’t love the approval of people, but I do love people,” Hatmaker wrote. “I love them because Jesus’ love for us is so insane and big and outside our templates and it reaches and reaches and reaches past our comforts to draw people to Him, and He does this with or without our permissions and sanctions and rules and hierarchies, and He has done it for all of time and will continue to do it for all of time. We are standing outside the city gates with people He asked us to stand with, and that is the beginning and end of it.”
The popular podcaster had her oldest daughter Sydney, who is now in her early twenties, join her on the “For The Love With Jen Hatmaker Podcast” in June 2020 to share how Sydney is gay. On the episode they did “in honor of pride month,” the mother and daughter encouraged Christians “to look at what it means to really love our LGBTQ+ family—recognizing them wholly as God’s children, who are wholly loved by God.”
Hatmaker announced on Facebook on August 21, 2020 that she and her husband Brandon were getting a divorce after 27 years of marriage. The couple met at Oklahoma Baptist University, where Brandon went into ministry as a pastor after he graduated. Hatmaker didn’t disclose why the parents of five were divorcing. Rather, she asked that her followers would hold their family dear to their hearts and pray for them.
Hatmaker Gives Her Thoughts on Roe v. Wade Reversal
The adoptive mother of two shared in a May 4, 2022 blog post how she feels about the possibility of Roe being overturned, a turn of events that was forecasted by the leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion earlier this week.
Hatmaker believes that if Roe is overturned, it will cause women emotional, physical, and legal harm. “There are a dozen terrifying implications here (the destabilization and politicization of the Supreme Court overturning settled law with double precedence stands out),” she said. “But what I want to focus on is the immediate, disproportionate harm this will cause women. And not just emotional harm; physical and legal harm.”
Making abortion illegal doesn’t lower the abortion rates, Hatmaker argued, saying, “It simply makes them more dangerous.”
Overturning Roe will not make abortion in America illegal. It will allow individual states to determine regulations and restrictions on abortion, rather than providing federal protections.