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.

“Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” Yes! But ... Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

fig03face5mosThink of the tricky balancing act parent's experience when a child's report card shows improvement but does not rise to best effort. I face that same navigation dilemma in knowing what to say regarding H.R. 36.

This bill is a huge step in the right direction but not nearly enough to achieve dignity and protection for the tiniest and most vulnerable human beings.

The Basics

Any day now, perhaps before you receive this article the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 36. If adopted, the Act will prohibit abortions of unborn children when the "probably post-fertilization age of the unborn child is 20 weeks or greater."

Abortions beyond 20 weeks would be permitted to save the life of the mother and when the pregnancy results from rape or incest. When applying these exceptions a physician is allowed to terminate the pregnancy only in"a manner that provides the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive." The life exception is defined as "life of a pregnant woman whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury, excluding psychological or emotional conditions."

Woman to Woman: Who Decides? Print E-mail

God's truth and his principles for our living are timeless. Consider this from PPL Archives, Summer 1991.Terry-Schlossberg-bw opt

A presenter in a recent dialogue on abortion expressed dismay that the format didn't allow him to ask of the pro-life presenters the same question we see in Planned Parenthood ads, "Who decides?"

Better questions have to do with the moral role of the church ...

There may not be a better example of the wrong question in the abortion discussion than "Who decides?" We women know that we will decide. Is the church obligated to teach what is right and what is wrong as Guardian of God's truth? Should the church make any attempt to dissuade a woman from an abortion decision? Frankly, if the Church does nothing to argue with me about what it admits is at best a "tragic option," it must think very little of me, and care very little for me.

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.

Review: Love is for Eternity by Joel Patchen Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

Patchen 2Get equipped for ministry that leads to life! Start every day of the year with a devotion by Joel Patchen focused on a Bible teaching about life.

If you are a Christian who is passionately pro-life, God may want to equip you to be a significant voice for innocent human life. Should you accept this mission you will first want to search God's word and engage in prayer. In 1987, I was confronted with the disturbing news that the denomination I had just joined (PCUSA) had a policy that stated abortion could be a "morally acceptable" decision in certain circumstances, my first response was to go to God in prayer. On my knees, I foolishly declared to God that I needed to get out of "this dead church." By the time I rose from my knees, God had persuaded me to remain a fully engaged member of the PCUSA. With all my heart I believed that the policy of the PCUSA was wrong—that every life had value to God and the church should never say that abortion was acceptable. I also knew I needed to know exactly what God's Word said about life before I spoke out. That very day I began a personal study of what the Bible says about human life and the prohibition against the taking of life.

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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