Posted by: adventlife | January 11, 2015

My Response to an Adventist leader, by Nic Samojluk

Ministry Magazine

Dear Pastor …,

Thanks for your response to my email! Here is a rather small sample of the evidence that led me to the conviction that our church did profit from elective abortions starting back in 1970. The full evidence is in my two books dealing with abortion.

Evidence from an article published by Ministry Magazine entitled “Abortion: history of Adventist guidelines,” authored by George Gainer.

“Because of its unique position of being a general hospital that provided ob-gyn services, CMH, upon repeal of Hawaii’s abortion laws, received numerous requests for elective abortions. [Emphasis supplied] Requests for abortion were not new, and CMH had permitted what were termed therapeutic abortions [Emphasis supplied] —those done to save the life of the mother, or in the case of rape or incest, or even for severe mental anxiety in the mother. [Emphasis supplied] 12 But the repeal of all state abortion laws had created a situation for which the hospital was unprepared. …

The pressure on CMH to be a “full-service hospital” by providing abortion on demand [Emphasis supplied] began to grow. Midkiff called W. J. Blacker, president of the Pacific Union Conference, and asked for guidance from the church on how to proceed. According to Midkiff, Blacker informed the General Conference (GC) of the situation and then called to tell him that “no one knows of any position the church has taken on it [abortion].” 14 …

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. He said that while the church would steer away from anything that would encourage promiscuousness, the church “would not feel it our responsibility to promote laws to legalize abortion . . . nor oppose them.  . .

“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.” 16 … [Emphasis supplied]

So what is the truth about Adventism and abortion? Is abortion on demand the norm for Adventist health institutions? On this question M. C. Midkiff said, “I believe if you do a bit of research you will find that the majority of Adventist hospitals permit abortion on request.” 54 … [Emphasis supplied]

“The administration, therefore, in good faith, leaves the responsibility of deciding for or against abortion to the physician and the patient, [Emphasis supplied] who really are the only individuals who know the full medical situation and consequences of the case.” 55 …

My comments: Notice the repeated references to elective abortions and to abortions on demand and the decisions of the church to remain neutral on abortion. Read more comments of mine below!

More:
https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/1991/08/abortion-history-of-adventist-guidelines

Evidence from a report provided by Gerald Winslow to Spectrum

“Winslow reported the result of a 1988 survey analyzing the practices of SDA hospitals located within the United States when dealing with abortion. Most of those that responded indicated that that their rules permit therapeutic abortions only–meaning when pregnancies are the result of rape, incest, malformations, or serious threats to the life or health of the pregnant woman. If other abortions are performed, they are done contrary to the official hospital policies. Five of those hospitals indicated that elective abortions are permitted.” [Emphasis supplied] [Gerald R. Winslow, “Abortion Policies in Adventist Hospitals” Specttum 19/4 (May 1989): 47-50.

Evidence from an article published by the Washington Post:
The following article was published by the Washington Post magazine on the 38h anniversary of Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision which legalized the killing of the unborn in all the states of the Union. As far as I know, the Adventist Church has not done anything to negate the facts alluded to in said report.

“Christians of all denominations are gathering on the National Mall today to protest the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. But one denomination that may be sparsely represented is Seventh-day Adventists whose large worldwide network of 170 hospitals allows elective abortions. “ Under God: Seventh-Day Adventists and abortion” by Julia Duin http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/2011/01/adventists_and_abortion.html

My Question: Can a Church be Neutral on Moral Issues?

Recent events in the African country of Kenya forced out Adventist Church to make a moral decision, and our leadership decided to declare its neutrality on the issue of abortion, which is definitely a moral issue.

“The church’s statement reiterated local Adventist leaders’ wishes to remain neutral  [Emphasis supplied] on the law …The Adventist world church has never released an official statement on abortion, but it does offer guidelines on the issue.”

Source: http://news.adventist.org/en/archive/articles/2010/05/07/in-kenya-adventist-leadership-distancing-itself-from-proposed-abortion-law

So my question is: How can a church be neutral on a moral issue? If we are neutral on killing—which is forbidden by the Decalogue—should we also be neutral on rape, theft, and the sexual abuse of children that harm but do not deprive human beings of life?

Related Questions of Mine

It is true that under current law, the woman must make the final decision, but why must the church do the actual killing and profit from the shedding of innocent human blood? And why must the innocent baby pay for the sins of its parents? If we let the rapist live, how can we justify the killing of the unborn baby?

The Lord used four words to forbid the killing of innocent human beings: “You shall not murder.” We used 1314 words to allow what God forbade. Our “Guidelines on Abortion” exempt from God’s prohibition even in case of mental health.

A woman says: “This pregnancy worries me to death; I cannot sleep, concentrate on my work and studies” and another innocent child is sacrificed on the altar of convenience. Is lifestyle more sacred than life itself? Pregnancy is temporary; abortion is permanent! There is healing for rape, incest, and mental depression; there is no healing for death!

The Coming General Conference

It is true that the issue of abortion is not on the GC agenda; nevertheless, one leading Adventist publicly stated that it should be and that he will request this to be included.

God bless!

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