Presbyterian Church (USA) affirmed the unrestricted right to abortion,
- Pro-Life Presbyterians At Odds with Denomination's Stance
By Rusty Pugh
June 27, 2002
(AgapePress) - A Presbyterian pro-life group says it is disappointed
with the denomination's statement on abortion.
Many Christians reacted with disbelief this week when the
Presbyterian Church (USA) affirmed the unrestricted right to
abortion, and also reaffirmed that late-term abortions would be paid
for by the church in its medical benefits plan.
Di Lupton is a board member of Presbyterians Pro-Life, an independent
Virginia-based organization made up of PCUSA members and pastors
striving for renewal in the denomination. Lupton, who is critical of
the denomination's affirmation of abortion-on-demand, says most
members of the denomination are in shock over the church's statement,
which was approved by an almost 4-1 margin at the General Assembly.
"It's hard to fathom how as a denomination our [overall abortion]
policy ... says that although we don't have agreement on when life
begins, we do have agreement that once life has begun it's to be
cherished and protected," she says. "We believe when we're talking
about viable infants who have just not yet been born, certainly they
fall into that category that deserve our protection."
Lupton admits she is having a lot of difficulty accepting the
church's stance. "Many of us in the denomination are having a hard
time with it," she says. "For those of us who are sitting in our
churches and ... putting our money into the offering plates to go for
spreading the work of the gospel, to know that it goes into this plan
that has abortion coverage of any abortion, it's a problem -- but
particularly for abortion of a viable infant."
Other Christian leaders were less diplomatic, saying any support of
abortion is in direct conflict with Biblical teaching.