United Methodist Church Becomes Pro-Life after 46 Years
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 Jun 06
After 46 years in support of abortion, the United Methodist Church (UMC) has decided to reverse their decision and become pro-life.
According to PrivateHealthcareReports.com, the UMC voted 425-268 to reverse their pro-choice stance and to withdraw from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), which is a lobby group that advocates for abortion rights.
Until the recent reversal, the UMC had been an outspoken pro-choice advocate, supporting on-demand abortion, and even partial birth abortion.
As a founding member of the RCRC, the UMC was also an early supporter of Roe v. Wade. However, at the recent General Conference, the UMC leaders not only reversed their pro-choice stance, but officially withdrew support for Roe v. Wade.
Christian leaders applauded the UMC’s decision.
The UMC is “making substantive progress toward a biblically-founded social witness,” stated Joseph Rossell of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
Planned Parenthood is losing a substantial partner in the UMC. Two years ago, Methodist Healthcare Ministries donated nearly half a million dollars to Planned Parenthood.
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Publication date: June 6, 2016