The Methodist Church and Abortion

The latest from the United Methodist News Service:

Notice the news from August 8 in the link above about race relations, about Obama’s deal with Iran,   about break-away churches, atom bombs, shootings and even Charlie Brown in the August 8 UM News Service.   Going back through all of the articles from the UMNS back to May of this year, the reader will find everything from global warming to Ebola, from Legos to same-sex marriages, from churches closing to No More Malaria.  Many of these articles lift up the plight of people suffering in third world countries and how Methodism is reaching out to help.   Many of these articles reflect upon the current news in our society. Yet I had trouble finding one word about one piece of news that has been making headlines over this same period of time – the plight of unborn human lives and the methods employed by Planned Parenthood to destroy these lives.     I read no outrage from the UMC here in Florida or across American UMC churches.     I did find these at another UMC site. “Organizations like Planned Parenthood and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) receive no denominational funding.”     “Our belief in the sanctity of unborn human life makes us reluctant to approve abortion……. We recognize tragic conflicts of life with life that may justify abortion, and in such cases we support the legal option of abortion under proper medical procedures by certified medical providers.”    Yet we hear no outcry from the UMC.     What gives?

– Chet Klinger

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