Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian and United Church of Christ Pastors Sign Letter Supporting Abortion

Source: Life News | April 17, 2019 | Micaiah Bilger

A group of Tennessee faith leaders and activists publicly declared their support for abortion on demand in a letter urging pro-life Gov. Bill Lee to oppose heartbeat legislation.

Fox 17 in Nashville reports this month, more than 150 religious leaders signed the letter calling for abortions to be kept legal and easily accessible in Tennessee.

“Because we trust pregnant people, we know that these decisions are informed by tremendous reflection and not taken lightly,” the letter states. “When a person decides that abortion is their best option, they need community support not obstacles preventing safe access to medical care.”

This spring, state lawmakers have been considering several pro-life measures, including a bill to ban abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable and another to ban abortions completely once Roe v. Wade is overturned. In January, Lee said he supports legislation to protect unborn babies.

The religious leaders urged Lee to oppose not just the heartbeat bill but “all attempts to criminalize and restrict abortion access.”

They argued that lawmakers should “trust women” to decide whether to abort their unborn babies.

“While there are varied opinions on abortion based on religious beliefs, as persons with deep faith commitments, we affirm a person’s right to decide when to become a parent or expand their family,” they wrote. “As people of faith and as Tennesseans, we believe in loving our neighbors and treating one another as we would like to be treated — with compassion, dignity, and respect.”

Yet, they have no compassion or respect for unborn babies who are unique, living human beings from the moment of conception. By six weeks, their hearts already are beating, and by nine weeks, they have detectable brain waves.

However, religious leaders said the decision to end unborn babies’ lives should be left up to the mother.

“While decisions concerning pregnancy can be complex and difficult, I believe that all persons have the right to make decisions for themselves, in consultation with their doctors and faith leader where appropriate,” said the Rev. Judi Hoffman, a co-pastor at East End Methodist Church in Nashville who signed the letter.

Hendersonville Pastor Napoleon Harris, another signer, told lawmakers they should focus on making sure families can make a “living wage” rather than restrict abortion.

“This decision is one that should be prayerfully made by families – the parents of the soon-to-be-born. This is not a decision to be left to legislators,” Harris said. “If legislators want to act in the best interests of morality and families, both admirable endeavors, procuring a living wage would be a more feasible means to that end.”

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  •  slhancock1948 #29001

    I am shocked with how quickly the “church” is abandoning godly principles and running to be counted among the not-intolerant groups that are destroying our once God-fearing society. These not-intolerant groups ARE ignorant, of course, as they cannot fathom ANYBODy going against their ungodly worldview and call it an act of Christian love. Well, Christian love has always been to love the sinner, but to speak against their sin, in an attitude of love. But, of course, to have a hateful attitude, one only needs to disagree with their pagan, ungodly and abominable sins. You will have a short-lived reprieve if you agree with them, unless they decide to keep you as their “Christian” mouthpiece! But you will run your usefulness to the ground the more you cater to them, because even they know your duplicity is showing and are disgusted by the fact, after a while, that you were so easy to flip. Even they will not want to give you too much glory for your siding with them because as we all know, Satan is a jealous god as well. No one will usurp any more glory than even he allows!

    “because we trust pregnant people”…? But you don’t trust the Word of God, or even God, Himself, that He had good reason to make a commandment of…Thou shalt not take the lives of another human being…?

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    Pray for righteousness to be restored and for the peace of Jerusalem

     Woodcutter #29021

    What if it said:
    “Because we trust bank robbers, we know that these decisions are informed by tremendous reflection and not taken lightly,” the letter states. “When a person decides that shooting people is their best option, they need community support not obstacles preventing safe access to the money in the bank vault.”

     Woodcutter #29022

    What if it said:
    “While there are varied opinions on killing based on religious beliefs, as persons with deep faith commitments, we affirm a person’s right to decide when to continue to be a parent or shrink their family,”

     EVERYDAY #29025

    I expect with a liberal socialist pope, the Catholic Church will one day embrace abortion too. Glad I no longer belong to any organized faith. I think so may of them have been taken over by Satan. It is said that those who persevere till the end will be saved. I intend to do just that, no matter what these corrupted faiths do.

     slhancock1948 #29157

    It is amazing the inroads that the left is making into organized evangelism. Now everyone wants to rush to be judged the tolerant ones and to rail against the ones who stand on Biblical principles, no matter what. We will be called to give our opinion on these social matters and many of us will lose our jobs, houses and likely even our families
    I suspect it will not be long before I will be asked my opinion on the Inmates that are requesting sex changes even though some of them are having horrific results from their hormone therapy, such as rampant blood clots and cellulitis from blocked arteries and other things such as CVAs, etc.. You cannot tell them the truth, that this is the expected result, they just think that you don’t want to treat them and there is some kind of treatment that will help them. I expect to be sued by some because I’ve told them that this is the result of these therapies. They refuse to accept their God-given birth sex and think that it is up for debate.

    Pray for righteousness to be restored and for the peace of Jerusalem

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