The Californian governor has launched a billboard advertising campaign in anti-abortion states announcing that his state is open for terminations.
“Need an abortion? California is ready to help,” reads the message to be displayed along Indiana and Oklahoma highways.
Seven versions of the ad will be shown on billboards in seven states that restrict abortions.
Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted that California would defend a woman’s right to make decisions about her health.
But he was swiftly condemned by Christians who called the ads “unconscionable” and “blasphemy.”
That’s because in smaller lettering are Jesus Christ’s words from the Gospel of Mark: “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no greater commandment than these. – Mark 12:31”
It omits the context when Jesus is asked: “Which commandment is the most important of all?”
Jesus replies: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'”
Then he adds: “The second is: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
“It is unconscionable that these ads distort Scripture to support abortion, specifically in states that have already dramatically limited abortion in favor of supporting life,” Kathleen Domingo, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, told the Catholic News Agency.
Funding ads in other states is “nothing more than a political stunt by our governor,” she said.
“It is virtue-signaling that California, with our extremely permissive abortion laws, is superior to red and purple states enacting abortion restrictions.”
A Family Research Council analyst told The Christian Post that Governor Newsom’s disrespect for sincerely-held religious convictions is “disturbing.”