Whereas our denomination adopted a resolution at the 1974 General Conference regarding abortion; and
Whereas our denomination recognizes that there is division regarding the subject of abortions and in order to state a position by our denomination on the subject;
Be It Therefore Resolved we affirm our position that the moral issue of abortion is more than a question of the freedom of a woman to control the reproductive functions of her own body. It is rather a question of those circumstances under which a human being may be permitted to take the life of another. We believe that all life is a gift of God, so that neither the life of the unborn child nor the mother may be lightly taken. We believe that God Himself, in Scripture, has told us what our attitude should be toward the unborn. For example, in Psalm 139:13-19, God affirms the personhood of the unborn child. (Jeremiah 1:5) He provided penalties for actions which resulted in the death of the unborn. (Exodus 21:22-25) Accordingly, we as a denomination affirm the personhood of a child upon conception.
Be It Further Resolved that our denomination disagrees with the woman’s exercise of a legal constitutional right as expressed in numerous decisions of the U. S. Supreme Court, to the extent that the woman decides to terminate a pregnancy for no better reason than personal convenience or sociological considerations. We affirm our conviction that abortion on demand for social adjustment or solve economic problems is morally wrong.
Be It Further Resolved that we as an Advent Christian people recognize these who would seek and those who provide abortion as people who need the compassion of Jesus and that as such we would pledge ourselves to love these as Jesus would love them. Further, rather than just condemning the act of abortion we would pledge and resolve to provide and/or support programs and agencies that would provide an alternative solution to these mothers and children.
Be It Further Resolved that our denomination would be prepared to minister to persons seeking guidance on abortion through counseling and prayer.