Posted by: adventlife | February 5, 2012

The Day Ministry Magazine Went Silent on Abortion, by Nic Samojluk

Between 1971 and 1996 I counted 95 Readers’ comments and articles dealing with abortion in the pages of our “Ministry” magazine. The readers’ interest in this controversial issue was so great that on July 1988 David Newman wrote the following:

“Our articles on abortion have touched a sensitive nerve. We are receiving more email on this subject than on any other recently published article. The letters are running 10 to 1 in favor of the church adopting a stricter standard.” Then suddenly, a few years following the publication of our current Adventist “Guidelines on Abortion” a long silence ensued on the pages of this periodical.

What happened? Why the sudden silence? Did the interest in abortion diminish, or was this the result of an intentional desire by the pro-choice elite and the liberal leadership to silence the pro-life opposition whose opinions were running, according to Newman, 10 to 1 in favor of the church adopting a stricter standard? We cannot be 100 percent sure, but the timing of the comments on abortion blackout is rather suspicious!

I did perform an exhaustive investigation about this topic and discovered that two third of our Adventists who were active in expressing their opinions in our publications were on the pro-life side of the issue, while two third of the Adventist leaders and article writers were favoring a pro-choice agenda. The church granted the power to draft our guidelines on abortion to the latter group, and they prevailed in this moral controversy.

My guess is that the members of the Adventist intelligentsia must have realized that if the freedom of the press was allowed to continue, their favored views on abortion might eventually be in danger of collapsing under the weight of those who were making their voice heard loud and clear through the pages of our Adventist periodicals.

A good example of the strong defense of the pro-life position on abortion can be seen in an article written by George Gainer, who described in minutest details the history of how our church moved from a pro-life position to a pro-choice/pro-abortion one. His article was published by Ministry on August 1991 with the following title Abortion: history of Adventist guidelines.” Here is a short review of some of the salient points included in  it.

Gainer’s article started with the following anecdote related by a non-Adventist pastor who chose our WashingtonAdventistHospitalfor pre-natal care. His wife was pregnant, and this pastor wanted his wife to be cared for by an Adventist physician. The first question this doctor asked the couple was: “Do you want to keep this baby?”

The pastor and his wife could not believe their eyes. They got up and left the office with the following explanation: “We must be in the wrong place.” This is how this Christian couple discovered that this Adventist hospital was offering abortions on demand and not the so called “therapeutic” kind resulting from rape, incest or malformation.

Next, Gainer relates the historical position of the Adventist pioneers regarding this issue which was labeled by the founders of the Adventist movement as plain murder and the direct and unmistakable violation of the biblical injunction against the killing of innocent human beings and the shedding of innocent blood. James and Ellen White, as well as Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, the founder of the Adventist medical work, demonstrated in their writings a high regard and respect for the value of human life from the moment of conception.

Then the author of this article proceeded to detail the events which led the AdventistChurchto engage in the profitable business of abortion. It started in Hawaiifollowing the legalization of abortion in said Sate in 1970. The AdventistCastle Memorial Hospital was staffed by Adventist and non-Adventist physicians. A man who had donated $25,000 for the construction of said medical institution came asking for an abortion for his pregnant daughter.

Then the non-Adventist physicians demanded the right to offer elective abortions to their patients and threatened to take their patients elsewhere in the event their petition was denied; the church leadership was made aware of this anomalous situation, and our Adventist leaders caved in for fear of loosing business to competing public medical institutions.

“On March 17, 1970, Neal C. Wilson, president of the North American Division, made a statement on abortion that was carried by the Religious News Service. He predicted that when the denomination met at Atlantic City in June it would steer a middle-of-the-road course.”

And he rationalized such a morally devious course of action with the following explanation: “Though we walk the fence, Adventists lean toward abortion rather than against it. Because we realize we are confronted by big problems of hunger and overpopulation, we do not oppose family planning and appropriate endeavors to control population.”

DidWilsonhave in mind the Adventist lay members whose views were described by David Newman as ten to one opposing abortion or the liberal leaders of our church and those connected with our medical work who had a conflict of interest regarding this issue? You decide! The math doesn’t seem to have been on his side, or perhaps he was blinded by financial considerations.

Think about this: This incredible declaration was made in the richest country of the world at a time when the Unites States of Americawas also the largest creditor on earth—not the largest debtor as today—and the largest producer of food and clothing. Of course, we need to also remember that this declaration was made at the time when the Atomic Clock was pointing to three minutes before midnight.

The fear of a nuclear war between theU.S.and the Soviet Union was matched by the fear of the uncontrolled demographic growth in the Communist country ofChina. The fear of God was set aside by the fear of a nuclear annihilation of the human race from planet earth. Moral detours are usually taken at a time of great fear of an impending catastrophe. I am not attempting to justify the action of the Adventist leadership, but simply trying to understand the complexity of our moral failure.

These events gave rise to the need for the development of guidelines for the provision of abortions in Adventist medical institutions. A separate set of guidelines were drafted, one for the Adventist hospitals and the other for public consumption. The net result of all this led M. C. Midkiff to make the following declaration: “I believe if you do a bit of research you will find that the majority of Adventist hospitals permit abortion on request.”

An article authored by Gerald Winslow revealed that five of our hospitals did report as offering elective abortions to their patients, but according to George Gainer, The American Hospital Association Guide to the Health Care Field,” 1986 lists 12 of the 56 Adventist hospitals in theUnited   States as offering “abortion services,” including “a program and facilities.” The hospitals identified by said entity included the following Adventist medical institutions:

“Castle Medical Center, Hadley Memorial Hospital, Hanford Community Hospital, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Porter Memorial Hospital, Portland Adventist Medical Center, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Sierra Vista Hospital, Walla Walla General Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, and White Memorial Medical Center.”

 

And let us not forget that Adventist were in the forefront in the legalization of abortion, since our Castle Memorial Hospital in Hawaii started offering elective abortion services back in 1970—three years before the practice was legalized in the U.S. mainland. This is incredible. The Remnant Church of God with the last message to a perishing world engaged in the extermination of innocent unborn babies by the thousands for the sake of expediency and profit.

If our Adventist pioneers were to witness this terrible deviation from moral duty inside the medical institutions they worked so hard to establish, they would writhe in anguish and pain. As God’s people on earth, we need to repent of this terrible sin, publicly acknowledge our moral depravity and ask God to forgive us for veering off the right path and plead for a revival of the faith delivered to the saints.

The brief description of George Gainer’s report I have included here contains merely some of the salient events he talks about in carefully documented details. If this issue is on interest to you, I encourage you to read the original document published by the Ministry magazine. Here is the Internet link to it:

http://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/1991/August/abortion-history-of-adventist-guidelines#at_pco=cft-1.0

More:===> If this topic is of interest to you, I suggest you secure a copy of the book I recently published entitled: From Pro-life to Pro-choice: The Dramatic Shift in Seventh-day Adventists’ Attitudes Towards Abortion from the printer. Here is the link: http://lulu.com. You will need to type my name, Nic Samojluk, in the blank “Search” space to access my book’s web page.

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Responses

  1. God bless your faithfulness, Mr. Samojluk. Please know you are not alone in wanting to stand up regarding this issue. Just as God said to Elijah, “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth which has not kissed him.”
    To date, having not received back a response to my letter last year to leadership, my plans are to send more. God has given us a burden on our hearts, and we must continue to heed the call.

  2. Thanks for your encouraging comments! I have been asking God to send more workers to God’s vineyard and the Lord is answering my prayers. Do I have your name on my mailing list? If not, could you send me your name and email address. My mailing address is nicsamojlukATroadrunner.com.

    God bless!

    • We have communicated by email in the past, so I just sent you an email referencing with some of our previous communication.

  3. Do you have a web presence?

    • No web presence.

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  6. I find it sadly interesting that Adventists are strongly encouraged to put the financial security of their families at risk by refusing to work on Sabbath, but when push came to shove for financial reasons regarding an agreement to perform an [elective] abortion on the daughter of that generous donor at Castle Memorial, they chose to go for the money. Sadly, that is still happening today in SDA hospitals. Abortion is an extremely lucrative business, so it figures! In my participation in discussions with Adventists on various Facebook forums, I consistently hear from them that sabbathkeeping (or the lack thereof) is considered to be of far greater consequence than would be the murder of the most vulnerable of all human beings – The unborn! I am appalled!!!

    • My Adventist leaders have developed a blind spiritual spot in their moral eyesight. My daily prayer is that this terrible sin against the creator might lead the church to repentance and a revival of the faith of the Adventist pioneers.

      Nic

  7. It is extremely regrettable that Dr. Samojluk has elected to dedicate his efforts to dealing with a very complex problem in such a simplistic manner. This is not a black and white issue. There are a wide spectrum of shades of grey in how this difficult topic needs to be discussed. Dr. Samojluk’s “Pro-life” perspective is not helpful in so many cases.

    • Mr. Samojluk thanks Dr. Erwin Taylor for his expert knowledge about this topic.

      Mr. Samojluk has published two books about this “complex” topic; he has written a large number of letters, and has created and maintained several web pages that is generating around 30,000 visitors per year. He praises the Lord for this.

      How much has Dr. Taylor done for the unborn except for his criticism of Mr. Samojluk’s effort regarding the right to life?

      Murder is not the mission of the “Remnant” church of God. The mission of the church is saving lives and protecting the innocents–not murdering them.

      Mr. Samojluk has made many mistakes, but he has inspired others to do this much better. One of them is Danny Shelton, of 3ABN, who has just published a book dealing with homosexuality and abortion.

      The title of his book is “Spiritual Vigilantes.” The book is free. Is Dr. Taylor planning to order a copy or more to share with others?

      One man has donated $100,000 for this program. Others are donating ten, 20, and more thousand dollars for the success of this special ministry. Poor individuals like Samojluk are donating 10, 20 or 40 dollars for the program.

      How much is Dr. Taylor planning to donate on behalf of the victims of homosexuality and abortion. Will Dr. Taylor say, “the issue is complex” and do nothing?

      Mr. Samojluk is praying for Dr. Taylor!

      Nic Samojluk


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