Posted by: adventlife | July 25, 2013

Facts and Fiction Regarding Adventists and Abortion, by Nic Samojluk

Washingon Adventist Hospital

Should we Dare to Rock the Boat?

Sometimes it is hard and almost impossible to separate facts from fiction. This is because of the following factors: The public quite often does not have access to the facts, and leaders are sometimes reluctant to rock the boat.

This reminds me of the following anecdote: We were in Sabbath School, and a former president of Andrews University was talking about the alleged two stories of creation found in the book of Genesis. A former student of his raised his hand and asked: “How come you never said a word about this when I was your student at Andrews?” The man responded with the following explanation: “I didn’t want to rock the boat.”

Since I am not a church employee, I am ready to rock the boat without the fear of loosing my job or my retirement benefits. Actually, I have been trying to rock the boat for the last couple of decades, but I discovered that the boat is quite heavy, and I seem unable to rock it without the help of others.

The Adventist Church is Pro-life! Fact or Fiction?

Back in 2005, Jan Paulsen, our former General Conference president, made a public statement which was reported as follows: “The Adventists, according to Paulsen, are pro-life and definitely against abortion.”[1] Is this a fact or rather fiction? Are Adventist really pro-life? Are we “definitively against abortion”? Can we take his statement to the bank and cash it? It took me several years and a doctoral dissertation about this topic to figure this out.[2]

In theory the statement is true, since our “Guidelines on Abortion” do state that the “Abortions for reasons of birth control, gender selection, or convenience are not condoned by the Church,”[3] but in practice the statement is false, because our church allowed our Adventist medical institutions to provide elective abortions with impunity for their patients since 1970—three years before the practice was legalized in the rest of the country.

This fact was well documented by Adventist historian George Gainer.[4] How can we claim to be pro-life with a straight face if we have been profiting from the killing of innocent human beings for four decades. What benefit do the unborn babies get from knowing that we claim to be pro-life, when in actual practice these poor victims are still loosing their lives inside our hospitals and clinics? This is reminiscent of what Pilate did: He declared that Jesus Christ was innocent, yet he condemned him to death.

Elective Abortions in SDA Hospitals are Almost Zero! Fact or Fiction?

When Ted Wilson, the current president of the General Conference [GC] of Seventh-day Adventists, came to California in February 2011, I asked him about elective abortions. He publicly responded that the church did not condone said type of abortions and that elective abortion in Adventists hospitals are almost down to zero. Is this a fact or fiction? It took me two years to figure this out, and I think that I have the right answer now for this question.

Can Wilson support his claim with statistics? I don’t think he can, although there is an element of truth in what he said. I did personally ask him to provide me with statistics in support of his incredible declaration. He advised me to write to Dr. Handysides, which I did immediately. That was two and half years ago and I am still waiting for a response. Several follow up letters to both of them were met with absolute silence.

This kind of stonewalling by the Adventist leadership prompted me to search for statistics from other sources, which providentially led me to the “Health Services Cost Review Commission,” [HSCRC] a State of Maryland agency charged with the responsibility of acting as a repository of hospital data and the services they provide to the public.[5] From said source I was able to secure statistics for two Adventist hospitals, but I want to focus on one of them for which statistics are available from other sources.

Abortion Statistics for our Washington Adventist Hospital [WAH]

1975-1982: 1492, which is equivalent to 213 per year[6]
1992: 547
1993: 287 from January through June [half a year] which gives us an estimated 574/year
2006: 47
2007: 48
2008:36
2009: 27
2010: 29

I wish I had more comprehensive statistics not only for our WAH but for all the other Adventist hospitals in North America which number around sixty. Such statistics are expensive, and I do not have the funds to secure them. Nevertheless, they tell quite an interesting story about what has taken place. You will quickly notice that the number of abortions at the WAH have decreased significantly during the previous decade.

What is the explanation? The clue was provided by something Ted Wilson said back in 2011 at the Redlands meeting with Adventist retirees. He said that elective abortions in Adventist hospitals are almost zero because abortions are now handled by abortions clinics. At first I thought that he was referring to non-Adventist clinics, but recently I discovered that he meant both Adventist and non-Adventist abortion clinics. But even with this discovery, as we can see, the number of abortions performed by our Adventist hospitals are not “almost down to zero.”

Other Adventist Hospitals that Offered Abortion Services to their Patients

And we need to remember that the above incomplete statistics I was able to secure belong to only one Adventist hospital, and we have approximately 60 of them in North America. Here is a list of other Adventist hospitals that did offer abortion services to their patients back in 1986. More recent figures are not available because there was a change of reporting following the publication of George Gainer article dealing with abortion in Adventist institutions.

“Castle Medical Center, Hadley Memorial Hospital, Hanford Community Hospital, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Porter Memorial Hospital, Port land 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.” [7]

Adventists are Getting Out of the Abortion Business! Fact or Fiction?

This leads us to the final question I want to address here: Are Adventist getting out of the abortion business? If we were, would the La Sierra University be naming a section of its new buildings in honor of the most prolific abortionist in California—Dr. Edward Allred? The hard evidence seems to suggest the opposite.

A few years ago, when our Adventist Healthcare system was competing with a Catholic hospital system for the permit to build a new hospital in Maryland, our Adventist representative argued that the permit should be granted to Adventist because we offer abortion as one of the services to the community. Here is the evidence:

A Stunning Declaration by a Health Care Representative

If you are still under the impression that Adventists are getting out of the abortion business, read the following story entitled “Women’s groups: Holy Cross falls short with health services” published by Gazette.Net:

“Adventist HealthCare also runs a primary-care clinic for the uninsured in Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s Germantown emergency center. The clinic now has a pre- and post-natal department for uninsured patients that provides family planning, according to Washington Adventist Hospital’s spokeswoman Lydia Parris.

Adventist HealthCare is owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, which has no religious policies governing health care. Adventist hospitals perform abortions and provide a full range of reproductive care, Parris said.

“We understand that these are decisions made between a woman and her physician, and we do not interfere with that individual decision,” she said. …” [8]

Other Publisher’s Confirmation of the Gazette.Net Story

“It is our understanding that Adventist Hospital currently provides the full range of health care services at its facilities, in accordance with medically-accepted standards of care. In contrast, any facility owned by Holy Cross will limit its patients’ access to services. This is because Holy Cross hospitals are operated under The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare Services (Directives) …

While Adventist Healthcare is religiously-sponsored as well, its proposed hospital would not burden the public by restricting certain services. Instead Adventist promises to offer a full range of services to the Montgomery County community. …”[9]

“Reproductive health advocates across the country have raised concerns about religious directives that prevent Catholic hospitals from providing a variety of services, including fertility treatments, abortions, tubal ligations and hormonal contraception. Several women’s groups say that because of those restrictions, the Holy Cross proposal would undermine public health priorities. …” [10]

Conclusion

Most Adventists are not aware of these undeniable facts, and many of those who are react to them with a yawn. I believe that our church decision to profit from the killing of innocent unborn children tends to neutralize the mission of the Remnant Church.

We used to be known as those who kept all Ten of God’s Commandments while the rest of Christianity kept only Nine. By redefining the original and true meaning of the Sixth Commandment of the Decalogue, and by offering abortion services to our patients, we have become like the rest of the world.

I used to give Bible studies to Catholics. I can no longer do that with a straight face. If I did that today, a Catholic would ask: “What is worse, worshipping God on the wrong day of the week or killing innocent human beings for filthy profit?”

This is why I am convinced that we do need to rock the boat. Our ship has hit a moral iceberg and we need to sound the alarm. If we continue in this spiritual slumber, our boat will surely sink like the Titanic. Time is of the essence! Will you join me in this sacred mission? I cannot do this alone. I know of half a dozen Adventists who share my concern, but we need hundreds where there is only a handful right now!

References

[1] “Adventists laud Pope for concern on world peace, poverty and family,” Adventist News Dispatch/Southern Asia-Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (11 Mar. 2005).
[2] “From Pro-life to Pro Choice”
http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?type=&keyWords=nic+samojluk&sitesearch=lulu.com&q=&x=12&y=12
[3] http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/guidelines/main-guide1.html
[4] George Gainer, The Wisdom of Solomon? Spectrum 19/4 (May 1989): 38-46.
[5] http://www.hscrc.state.md.us/
[6] George Gainer, The Wisdom of Solomon? Spectrum 19/4 (May 1989): 38-46.
[7]http://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/1991/August/abortion-history-of-adventist-guidelines
[8]http://ww2.gazette.net/stories/10142009/olnenew222839_32527.shtml
[9] http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15910657/1%2014%2011MCCCC%20Rec%20to%20CommissionFINAL.pdf
[10] http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/06/AR201101060[5951.html

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  1. […] https://adventlife.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/facts-and-fiction-regarding-adventists-and-abortion-by-ni… […]

  2. That the boat is not “rock-able” is a revelation of just how many people have only one foot in the SDA boat. The evangelical infiltration of political correctness [PC] has turned most of Christianity – denominational or otherwise – into the new 501-c3 churchianity where the truth is carefully taught around rather than through, therefore conviction is no longer a possibility.

    PC is federalism working hard to use whatever means is at their disposal to use the supposed left and right to destroy the very concept of right and wrong. So, we have now incrementally gone from an America known for having freedom of conscience to an America that is free from even knowing what what a conscience is. Due to PC patriotism is now the device used to deceive us into believing that we are still sovereign.

    Abortion is but one of many (PC) issues of conscience that has put us in a position where there are more wolves than sheep and therefore we have become emasculated due to the fact that women have redefined what truth is BECAUSE the abortion issue is “their baby” (not).

    Political Correctness has rendered the church to never let their yeses be yes and their no s be no. In fact so much so that the distinctions have become the problem rather than the solution and feelings have replaced beliefs and the freedom we once knew will so be free dumb.

    • Gary,

      Your comments are, no doubt, right on target. What our church needs is a modern Elijah willing to sound the alarm to God’s “Remnant.” The way we are going our movement will not fulfill our sacred mission of warning the world about what is coming upon us unless a revival and reformation takes place. The Lord will not accept our service if we ignore the clear requirements of the Sixth Commandment of God’s Holy Law.

      We are failing to learn from history. Ellen White issued a warning to the Adventist church that we were in danger of becoming “a sister to Babylon.” That was at a time when our church was pro-life. Can you imagine what she would say knowing that the medical work she help found was involved in the profit from killing innocent human beings in addition to our fundamental business of healing?

      In one room of our medical institutions a fortune is invested in saving the life of a baby while in another room our physicians are busy tearing the babies’ bodies to pieces. Is this the way to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world?

      We started profiting from the killing of innocent babies back in 1970, and this is well documented in our Adventist literature. This took place first in our Castle Memorial Hospital in Hawaii. Our non-Adventist physicians there demanded the right to offer abortions on demand, and the fear of God was replaced by the fear of men.

      Consider the following: Half a century ago, our church feared what Hitler would do to our church in Germany, and we compromised on the Sixth Commandment and the Sabbath. More recently, our church failed the moral test in Rwanda. We also failed the moral test in the U.S. when our church allowed our Adventist hospitals to profit from the killing of innocent unborn babies.

      Is this the way to prepare our people to stand firm when the final test will come on our church and the threat of death decree will be issued against those who keep the
      Sabbath?

    • Sounds like his Job was more important than the lord’s truth. Man that sounds like the church leaders of today in the Seventh Day Adventist of The General Conference. Am I wrong about that or Not? Please someone tell me if I’m not the only one seeking THE TRUTH AND ONLY TRUTH OF JESUS’ WORDS AND NOT THE WORLDLY VIEW..

      • I have no way of determining whether you are the only one seeking the truth. My guess is that you are probably not the only one. I know a few that are, and the Lord has probably “seven thousand” who are doing the same. Prophet Elijah was sure he was the only one left among those who remained were faithful to God, but he was wrong.

  3. […] value a religion would need to tell lies about other Christians in order to promote itself has.  This Adventist says something similar about Adventism and […]

    • I am a Seventh-day Adventist, and I am praying for a revival among our leaders of the original pro-life attitude towards the unborn.

      Nic

  4. And too bad for all the poor women who already have too many children or girls who get raped or women can’t afford children and their birth control fails. You all don’t give a damn about them, do you? You are all hypocrites.

    • My doctoral research did reveal that two thirds of those Adventists who expressed their opinion in writing on abortion between 1970 and 2006 were pro-life. My question to you is: When you say “You are all hypocrites,” are you including those Adventists who are pro-life. Am I also imcluded among the hypocrites?

  5. Mr. Nic Samojluk you are a hero! Your work here is of a value without estimate both now and for eternity. I just purchased your book on Amazon, can’t wait to read it.

    It is mind boggling and beyond comprehension how Adventists would ever allow abortion in their hospitals as part of the “right arm” of the gospel while at the same time an unborn baby is having his right arm ripped off. Unbelievable!

    I pray to God that in His mercy He will allow a crisis of such a magnitude that will penetrate the indifference and callousness of His church, shake out the promoters of murder and fatherlessness, and clear out all this demonic ideology. If the magnitude of the necessary crisis is in proportion to the severity of the sin, the crisis ahead of us will be very painful. May it come soon!

    My name is Andrew Michell and I approve this message. BTW: I am a member of the SDA church and I continue to pay a full tithe to the SDA church despite it’s imperfection. Jesus commended the widow for giving everything she had to the very people that would murder Jesus. (Mark 12:41-44)

    • Thanks for your generous assessment of my pro-life work. I have read your comments several times; they are a great blessing to my soul.

      May God grant you the wisdom and the courage to continue doing his work which will be treasured by you and others throughout eternity.

      And, BTW, thanks for your donation to Advent Life!

  6. It sickens me that your church is ok with abortion. What about the Feldkamps in California? They own the largest chain of abortion clinics in the USA. They are Seventh Day Adventist. How much blood money does your church take as “tithes” from this family? Dr. Feldkamp lost two daughters and 5 grandchildren in an airplane crash in Montana. The plane crashed in a Catholic Cemetery just a few feet from the memorial made for all the unborn children. I believe this was a message from God. Yet, they continue to murder babies and continue to live high on the hog. I would never belong to any church that accepts abortion as being “ok” nor would I ever accept that it is okay to accept “blood money.” How can the Seventh Day Adventist Church condemn all of us who worship on Sunday (btw, Saturday worship was a commandment to the Jews, never for the Gentiles, so you are all wrong about that too) but commit murder of the most innocent of all, unborn children? What would Ellen White say? You church is full of many errors, and murdering babies is the most heinous of all! I will pray for your church.

    • I agree with you on almost everything you said. I have a few questions for you, though. Did Jeremiah sin by remaining with his rebellious people? Did Jesus sin by staying with those who rejected him as the promised Messiah? Is it wrong to work for those you want to save?

      I could leave the Adventist people any time, but I have discovered that I can be more effective working for their salvation by remaining an Adventist. On one occasion, a great Adventist evangelist said to a pro-life Adventist: “If you want to clean a church, you must work from the inside.”

      BTW, my research into the topic of abortion showed me that two thirds of those Adventists who expressed their views about abortion between 1970 and 2005 were on the pro-life side of this issue.

      I agree with you that the sin of abortion is much greater than the disregard for the sanctity of the Sabbath. Nevertheless, do not forget that, according to Jesus, “the Sabbath was made for man,” and when God blessed the Sabbath, there were no Jews. What was the point of God blessing the Sabbath thousand of years before the birth of the first Jew?

      Thanks for your comments!

      Nic Samojluk


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