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Abortion (80178-C2-¶161.J)

Amend ¶161.J of The Book of Discipline to read:
“Abortion—The beginning of life and the ending of life are the God-given boundaries of human existence.  While individuals have always had some degree of control over when they would die, they now have the awesome power to determine when and even whether new individuals will be born.  Our belief in the sanctity of unborn human life makes us reluctant to approve abortion.  But we are equally 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 that all human life is a gift from God, we recognize tragic conflicts of the physical  life of the unborn with the physical life of  the mother that may justify abortion, and in only such cases we support the legal option of abortion under proper medical procedures.  We cannot affirm abortion ...

Rationale

The Church through the ages has consistently witnessed and ministered to protect the unborn human life and mother from abortion. The United States Supreme Court’s 1973 decision, Roe v. Wade, overturned state abortion laws and established abortion rights throughout the United States. Since the Roe v. Wade decision, over 45...