Posted by: adventlife | May 26, 2015

Do Adventist Doctors Continue Offering Abortion Services?, by Nic Samojluk

Washingon Adventist Hospital

It is well documented in Adventist literature the fact that some Adventist hospitals began offering abortions on demand back in 1970 with the blessings of the leadership of the church. Nevertheless, many Adventists believe that this is no longer the case, and that our medical institutions are now prop-life and are no longer involved with the abortion business. Here is a copy of a question I received a few days ago from an Adventist pro-lifer:

“I have had people tell me that we are really pro-life and that Adventist doctors are not doing abortions as a regular procedure. How do we actually find out?”

You can ask them the following questions:

A. Suppose a serial rapist would defend himself in front of the judge with the following argument: “I do not kill my victims as a regular procedure. I do it only under special circumstances.” Would such approach keep him from jail?

B. If we are pro-life, then why did our Washington Adventist Hospital’s spokeswoman Lydia Parris argue a few years ago that the permission to build a new hospital in Germantown, Maryland, should be granted to Adventists instead of the Catholic organization?

“Adventist HealthCare is owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, which has no religious policies governing health care. Adventist hospitals perform abortions [emphasis supplied] 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. …” [1]

C. If we are pro-life indeed, why did we adopt the document known as “Guidelines on Aborton,” [2] that justifies killing innocent unborn children under a variety of circumstance such as rape, incest, malformation, and when the unwanted pregnancy affects the mental health of the woman? A pregnant woman’s depression lasts no more than nine months, while the death of the innocent baby is permanent and irreversible.

D. If we are pro-life, why did our Loma Linda University replace the Hippocratic Oath abortion prohibition with the “The Loma Linda University Physician’s Oath “ that contains the following statement: “I will respect the rights and decision of my patient”? [3] So what happens when a woman decides that she needs an abortion? Another innocent human being is deprived of life!


If an authorized representative of our Adventist Health System publicly admits that “Adventist hospitals perform abortions,” why should we doubt the accuracy of said assertion?







  1. If there were ANYTHING more conclusive than that the SDA church has become apathetic to its calling Id like to know what it would be. If we have become so fearful of offending folks that we offend God instead, what are our convictions based upon anyway if not on the assertion that every human life is precious. When one thinks about the egregiousness of sin as it relates to accountability via one’s sexuality now being 100% about pleasure and feelings rather than a single iota of responsibility what do we as Adventists have to offer spiritually that differs from the world?! And when was the last time we heard a sermon that actually spelled out the these distinctions and why the word marriage itself is now meaningless both as it pertains to gender and as it pertains to accountability and legacy?

    • Gary,

      I concur 100 percent with what you said!


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