Jordan Sekulow, the Director of Policy and International Operations for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and Matt Clark, attorney for the same organization, have reported that Planned Parenthood of Humbolt County, Pennsylvania, is holding a 40-day prayer vigil in support of abortion rights. As it turns out, other Planned Parenthood chapters across the country have also used these prayers. They were written by Reverend Rebecca Turner, a minister of the United Church of Christ and the leader of Faith Aloud, a pro-abortion religious organization. To get a feel for the tenor of these forty prayers, letʼs look at a few examples:
Today we pray for women for whom pregnancy is not good news, that they know they have choices.
Today we give thanks for the doctors who provide quality abortion care, and pray that they may be kept safe.
Today we pray for the 45 million American women who have had safe, legal abortions. May they stand tall and refuse shame.
Today we pray for all the staff at abortion clinics around the nation. May they be daily confirmed in the sacred care that they offer women.
Today we pray that all women will know that they are created in the image of God, good and holy, moral and wise.
Of course, those in the pro-life movement are shocked by the idea of people actually praying for the “blessings” of abortion. But why should they be shocked? What if the supporters of abortion rights attend Christian churches that do not condemn the taking of innocent life? They are simply living a life consistent with their churchʼs teachings.
For example, a person attending a Presbyterian church will learn that the General Assembly, the governing body of the church, declared as early as 1970 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 2006, the General Assembly added, “Humans are empowered by the spirit prayerfully to make significant moral choices, including the choice to continue or end a pregnancy . . . For any choice we are accountable to God; however, even when we err, God offers to forgive us.”
Or how about the United Methodist Church? Although it believes in the sanctity of the unborn child, its official policy reads as follows: “. . . we are . . . bound to respect the sacredness of the life and well-being of the mother, for whom devastating damage may result from an unacceptable pregnancy. In continuity with past Christian teaching, we recognize tragic conflicts of life with life that may justify abortion, and in such cases we support the legal option of abortion under proper medical procedures.”
Letʼs look at Reverend Taylorʼs United Church of Christ. Its policy toward abortion is unequivocal: “The Church of Christ has affirmed and re- affirmed since 1971 that access to safe and legal abortion is consistent with a womanʼs right to follow the dictates of her own faith and beliefs determining when and if she should have children . . .
“We have also supported that women with limited financial means should be able to receive public funding in order to exercise her [sic] legal right to the full range of reproductive health services. What is legally available to women must be accessible to all women.”
“But wait!” some of you may protest. “How can they take a position that is so wrong?” Or others may ask, “How can they call themselves ʻChristianʼ when they condone the killing of innocent babies?” And some of you may wonder, “How can they not end up in hell for this?”
I have heard such questions many times, and I certainly understand the frustration behind them. But I submit to the reader that having pro-death churches is the inevitable outcome of the Protestant Revolution that fractured Christianity into thousands of pieces. Starting with Luther, Calvin, Zwingli and then hundreds of others, fundamental teachings of the Church were rejected or so diluted as to be unrecognizable. Papal authority was rejected, and soon to follow were the Sacraments as channels of grace. Eventually, grace itself was denied. A Magisterium to guard against error was replaced by a “priesthood of believers” who could determine for themselves what the Scriptures mean, thus creating an ever-growing Tower of Babel.
In essence, the first victim of the division of Christianity was truth itself. Christ declared to his Apostles, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth . . .” Now either the Church he established has all the truth or it doesnʼt. If no church has all the truth, then truth itself becomes meaningless. And if truth is meaningless, then whatʼs the problem with praying to God that he will keep the baby-killing machine well oiled and fine tuned?