Corrupt church governments support abortion. One can see corruption by one’s position on abortion, which also serves as a quick examination of politicians. Please, I plead with the consciences of those among these churches to come out of these denominations. Here are 4 churches united in the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice: United Church “of Christ,” the Episcopal, the Presbyterian USA, and Unitarian Universalist. Read their own words:
The “United Church of Christ” says,
“After the Supreme Court decision in 1972, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the U.S., the UCC has joined with other faith groups to protect women’s equal and fair access to abortion and family planning which have been under attack consistently. The strategies of those seeking to overturn Roe have shifted to state legislations. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, we have seen an unprecedented number of state laws introduced and passed which restrict women’s health options” (“Reproductive Justice.” UCC. 3 Apr 2012. <ucc.org>). **This denomination has nothing to do with the Church of Christ and is the extreme opposite of the churches of Christ, who oppose abortion.**
The Episcopal Church declares,
“We believe that legislation concerning abortions will not address the root of the problem. We therefore express our deep conviction that any proposed legislation on the part of national or state governments regarding abortions must take special care to see that the individual conscience is respected, and that the responsibility of individuals to reach informed decisions in this matter is acknowledged and honored as the position of this Church; and be it further.
Resolved, That this 71st General Convention of the Episcopal Church express its unequivocal opposition to any legislative, executive or judicial action on the part of local, state or national governments that abridges the right of a woman to reach an informed decision about the termination of pregnancy or that would limit the access of a woman to safe means of acting on her decision” (“General Convention.” Journal of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Indianapolis, 1994 (New York: General Convention, 1995), P. 323-25. 14 Mar 2012. <episcopalarchives.org <span=”” class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=””>cgi-bin/acts>).
The Presbyterian Church USA says,
“Presbyterians have struggled with the issue of abortion for more than 30 years, beginning in 1970 when the General Assembly, the national governing body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), declared that ‘the artificial or induced termination of a pregnancy is a matter of careful ethical decision of the patient … and therefore should not be restricted by law …’ In the years that followed this action, the General Assembly has adopted policy and taken positions on the subject of abortion. […]
The strong Christian presumption is that since all life is precious to God, we are to preserve and protect it. Abortion ought to be an option of last resort.
The Christian community must be concerned about and address the circumstances that bring a woman to consider abortion as the best available option. Poverty, unjust societal realities, sexism, racism, and inadequate supportive relationships may render a woman virtually powerless to choose freely” (“Abortion Issues.” The Presbyterian Church U.S.A. 27 Mar 2012. <gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/101/abortion-issues/>).
Misleadingly under the title of “Reproductive Justice,” Unitarians state,
“Unitarian Univeralists affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We value life and the consciences of individuals, and we are called to protect and affirm the lives of women when it comes to their reproductive lives. […]
Within the framework of ‘reproductive justice,’ the Unitarian Universalist Association works against the cultural, political, economic, and structural constraints that limit women’s access to health care and full reproductive choice. Reproductive justice, a concept put forth by coalitions of women of color, promotes the right of all women to have children, not to have children, and to raise their children in safe and healthy environments” (“Reproductive Justice.” Unitarian Universalist. 21 June 2012. <uua.org/reproductive/index.shtml>).
Clarifying their position, Unitarian Universalists (UUA) states,
“The goal of the ‘reproductive rights/choice’ framework is the protection of a woman’s legal rights to reproductive health care services, particularly abortion. Within the United States, the reproductive rights advocacy community organizes women and others to participate in legislative and electoral processes on the state and federal level, and targets policy makers, legal experts, and elected officials.
The legal basis for reproductive rights emerges from a protection of the privacy of women (Roe v. Wade, U.S. Supreme Court, 1973), which does not attest to the role of the government in eliminating social inequalities which impact health disparities and the ‘choices’ women make. Marginalized communities in the United States – such as immigrants, people of color, poor people, young people, and disabled people – often lack the faith, knowledge, or resources to request the political system to meet their needs” (“Comparing Frameworks: What is Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice?” UUA. 21 June 2012. <uua.org/reproductive/action/199536.shtml>).
Under “Reproductive Choice”, the UUA lament,
“Not since the days of Roe v. Wade has the pro-choice community faced so much legislative opposition. Last year, an unprecedented ninety-two anti-abortion provisions were passed across the United States” (“Reproductive Choice” Unitarian Universalists. 21 June 2012. <uua.org/reproductive/choice/index.shtml>).
[If any have been overlooked, please note them in the comments.]