The Religious Right, Racial Segregation, and the Anti-Abortion Movement

Ronald Reagan meeting with Jerry Falwell in the Oval Office

Learn how racism and opposition to desegregation–not abortion–were the main issues that mobilized U.S. evangelicals in the 1970s.

“Although leaders of the religious right would have us believe that the Roe decision was the catalyst for their political mobilization in the 1970s, that claim does not withstand historical scrutiny. What prompted evangelical interest in politics, in fact, was a defense of racial segregation.”