The Presbyterian Church USA has been making waves in the news lately with their recent vote to approve same-sex marriage within the church. If this weren’t controversial enough within the Christian community, however, you might be shocked by the convention’s most recent vote at the 221st General Assembly.
The nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination (with roughly 1.8 million members) has now voted “no” on protecting and caring for babies born alive after a failed abortion.
Here is a glimpse of the unsuccessful motion, which states:
1. Call for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and member congregations to enter a two-year season of reflection upon the plight of children unwanted by human society, both born and not-yet born, and to purposefully seek to enter the pure worship of God by offering aid, comfort, and the Gospel to those responsible for the care of our most desperate orphans (including those who survive abortion procedures): parents, siblings, church and community leaders, and the medical profession.
2. Direct the Moderator of the General Assembly and the Stated Clerk to issue statements that denounce the practice of killing babies born live following an abortion procedure, such as was revealed in the Dr. Kermit Gosnell clinic in Philadelphia.
As Wesley J. Smith at National Review Online notes, “There was more to the motion, which supported a pro-life perspective. But it is breathtaking that the Church wouldn’t even agree to “reflect” on protecting the lives of born babies and denounce Kermit Gosnell-style murders.This is akin to refusing to oppose the terminal neglect of unwanted infants, even infanticide.”
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The issue is not whether or not abortion is right or wrong, but rather what should be done to the infants once they are born.
“A baby that is born is no longer in his or her mother’s body,” Smith continued; “and thus nothing is being done to interfere with her privacy of autonomy.”
One might wonder what this world is coming to when a church denies a proposal to protect the lives of innocent newborn babies. Is not every life valuable?
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