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.

Teach the children well Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

Every seven years Israel was to read the law to all the people, men, women, and "little ones." The reason for this?

"...That they may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God and be careful to do all the words of this law, and that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God..."

—Deuteronomy 31:12-13

IMG 4598crioTeaching Scripture to children is essential if we are to pass on our Christian faith.

I don't know if you share my experience of growing up in the church. My family's life revolved around our little brown church. I can still close my eyes and see the flannelgraph figures moved by my mother's hand as she told Bible stories that God used to establish my faith. I believe in miracles because I heard missionaries tell their experiences of God's power, provision, care, and rescue. I was not without questions about the reality of all I learned when I encountered other worldviews in college, but God's truth planted in the heart of a child is not easily uprooted.

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PCUSA Church “celebrates” abortion provider Planned Parenthood Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

Pro-life Presbyterians should protest, but is there a more effective response?

presbyterianchurchusa2sm“A rally in support of abortion giant Planned Parenthood took place inside a Presbyterian Church in Louisiana last month,” reports Carole Novielli of LifeNews.com.

“Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast organized the “Stand with Women” rally in support of a new abortion facility in Crescent City. The rally took place at the First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans affiliated with the PC(USA). Rev. Fred J. Powell, III is the church pastor.”

Novielli’s article includes this link to video of the rally. Rally speakers present a familiar well-scripted message intimating that Planned Parenthood cares about women’s health, women’s bodies, and women’s rights, and “reproductive justice”—especially the “full spectrum” of reproductive justice. What they don’t say but what “full spectrum of reproductive justice” really means is abortion.

How should pro-life Presbyterians and pro-life Presbyterian churches respond?

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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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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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"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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