Our Call to the Presbyterian Church

We call the Church to renew its historic and biblical stance of opposition to the destruction of innocent human life through abortion. We call the Church to renew its commitment to preserve and nurture life at every stage of development, from conception to natural death.

We call the Church to cease its approval of abortion; to withdraw funding of abortion and abortion advocacy; to remove the unlimited coverage of abortion from the Presbyterian Medical Plan; to discontinue participation in and support for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

We call the Church to support women in problem pregnancies in sacrificially compassionate and loving ways that allow both mother and child to live and be blessed by God. We call the Church to provide tangible help and a community of belonging for women and children in need. We call the Church to support and promote adoption and the many community pregnancy care ministries that provide alternatives to abortion.

We call the Church to hold up high standards of morality for the children in our congregations, and to nurture and support family life.

We call the Church to extend the means of grace to those involved in abortion, to lead them gently to repentance and to aid their full restoration of fellowship with their heavenly Father and with the body of Christ, the Church.

PPL Board member authors paper for ACPeds Print E-mail

plj Aug 2011 004"Induced abortion is the most common surgical procedure performed on females of child-bearing age, including adolescent women, says a new paper published by the American College of Pediatricians." Among short and long-term risks to the woman are increases in mortality from suicide and other violence, breast cancer, and substance abuse. The increased risks not only affect the woman choosing abortion but her subsequent children who also have higher risks of death due to premature birth. The paper titled, "Induced Abortion: Risks That May Impact Adolescents, Young Adults, and Their Children," recommends that doctors educate their patients on the risks of abortion by giving guidance at well-child visits during the immediate pre and adolescent years.

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Real Life Disconnect: 4 leaf clovers are good luck while extra chromosomes are cause for abortion? Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

clover4 leaf clovers are prized. My Grandmother was great at spotting them and I collected several as a child. The extra leaf makes a clover more valuable, treasured, and cherished. Why, then, I cannot help but wonder, is an extra chromosome in a human being—rather than being perceived as a rare gift—considered by 75-90% of parents as cause for abortion?

Wikipedia says this about 4 leaf clovers: The four-leaf clover is an uncommon variation of the common, three-leaved clover. According to tradition, such leaves bring good luck to their finders, especially if found accidentally. In addition, each leaf is believed to represent something: the first is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck.[1]

It has been estimated that there are approximately 10,000[2] three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover.[2]

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The List is up! What? Where is my church? Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

Fotolia 63149178 XSImportant reading for members of the PCUSA

The Board of Pensions (PCUSA) has posted the list of Churches with Relief of Conscience status on the matter of abortion on their website. Is your church on the list? Our church thought we had ROC status but we are not on the list!

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"Black Lives Matter": Born & Unborn Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

Black Lives Matter imageDuring Black History Month as we reflect and repent of our nation's sins of racism, let's take a hard look at the racial discrimination that continues against black lives in the womb.

For a white over 60 woman to wade into the topic of young black lives lost is a little like walking into a minefield. Whatever I say is bound to make someone angry—well, so be it. The truth about any violent death is hard to decipher. It is no wonder that the laws of the Old Testament required two or three witnesses to condemn someone of a crime. Even when we hear multiple accounts, we often do not know which sources can be trusted.

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2015 PPL Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Bulletin Insert Print E-mail

SOHLS2015 Page 2Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is January 18, 2015. Order or download your bulletin inserts from PPL today!

In January, many churches set aside one Sunday to observe the sanctity of human life. The observance coincides with the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court that legalized abortion in all 50 states. Since that fateful decision over 56 million babies have been aborted in America.

PPL's 2015 bulletin insert focuses on the theme "Every Life Matters to God". You can download our free bulletin insert for color or grayscale printing or order printed copies from the PPL office.

2015 Sanctity of Human Life Sunday bulletin insert (Color)

2015 Sanctity of Human Life Sunday bulletin insert (Black & White)

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