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.

The unwanted child (born/unborn) —WWJD? Print E-mail

Eddel-compositNo child is truly 'unwanted.' God has created every child for a purpose. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me." What might happen if every presbytery responded to 'unwanted' children like Jesus?

The Presbytery of South Alabama took time during their two day August presbytery meeting to consider ways they might act like Jesus toward unwanted children, born and unborn.

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Your pastor's health plan, & abortion coverage Print E-mail

© itrace - Fotolia.comPresbyterians, are your tithes paying for elective abortions or for abortifacient drugs? There are significant differences among the three denominations PPL has researched on this topic.

Members of the EPC will not pay for abortion if they choose the EPC Plan.

ECO's Health Plan does not cover elective abortion but does cover emergency contraceptives for minors.

PCUSA's Health Plan is mandatory for all installed pastors and pays all legal abortion claims.

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Top 10 Pro-life activities YOU can do in your church! Print E-mail

Revised Top 10#1 — Assemble a care team in your church that is trained and ready to mobilize when a woman is pregnant and needs assistance.

Identify a phone contact and publish the number on the bulletin board, in the church’s newsletter, and the Sunday bulletin. The contact person will mobilize those who will provide care as needed. Research what doctors are pro-life and will provide free or discounted care, adoption agencies, lawyers who will do adoptions pro bono, area welfare services, pregnancy centers, pre-natal care and classes, etc. The team should be committed to doing whatever is necessary to connect the woman with area services and provide whatever is needed before and after birth.

#2 — Take steps to provide opportunities for ministry to women and men who have experienced abortion and its aftermath.

At least once each year, or as needed, offer an abortion recovery Bible study and hold a memorial service for pregnancy loss. Publish a phone number for abortion recovery counseling.

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God Restores: The Story of Bathsheba Print E-mail

Cover4b optExcerpt from Chapter 10 of Pregnant With Promise a Bible Study published by Presbyterians Pro-Life

David is chosen by God in spite of his moral failures. In this lesson we see again how God demonstrates redemptive powers and incredible mercy toward his people. After experiencing success after success in overcoming his enemies, David makes a single terrible decision and then complicates it by attempting to cover up his sin. The consequences of this incident ripple forward through David's life bringing conflict and trouble to his family and his kingship.

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J. Herbert Nelson misses the mark in his critique of Hobby Lobby decision Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

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badge-washingtonJ. Herbert Nelson is Director of the PCUSA's Office of Public Witness in Washington D.C. It is his job to advocate on behalf of the PCUSA to legislative branches of the U.S. government (as directed by actions of the General Assembly) and also to educate and inform Presbyterians of current legislation and equip the membership of the church for their own advocacy efforts.

His recent statements about the Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby were posted recently by the Presbyterian Mission Agency—Office of Public Witness. Nelson's comments are, egregiously, filled with misinformation and hyperbole about both PCUSA policy on contraception and the impact of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decision on women. His letter reads much like the social media rhetoric of the culture which we, as Christians, are called to stand against. One expects a more measured and informed communication from an office that speaks on behalf of the whole denomination.

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