Posted by: adventlife | July 22, 2015

Brief Comments Regarding the LLUH Annual Report, by Nic Samojluk


Richard Hart, President,
Loma Linda University
June 16, 2015

Dear Dr. Hart,

I am planning to publish the following story and I would like to give you a chance to respond to its content. If you do, I would publish your unedited response. I am a second generation Adventist, a graduate from La Sierra College, Andrew Jackson University, and the author of two books on abortion and its relation to the SDA Church. I am enclosing the same document by means of an attachment because sometimes it gets distorted in transmission when sent through regular email.

Loma Linda University Health & its Mission

As I read the “Message from the President” found in the 2014 “Annual Report”, I was struck by the following couple of paragraphs:

“Some organizations struggle to remain faithful to their original vision. Their leaders feel the pressure of changing tastes, fads, trends in the world at large, often causing them to venture into new areas of service or products, which can cause them to abandon the core values they once held sacred.

Here at Loma Linda University Health, this has never been a problem! [emphasis supplied] Now a decade into our second century, we have stayed true to our calling, “to make man whole,” and our mission to continue the teaching our healing ministry of Jesus Christ. We and our predecessors have persisted in this calling throughout the 20th century, and now well into the 21st. We have remained true to those ideals [emphasis supplied] when they were less “popular” than they are today.”

You may wonder why I highlighted those two sentences above. The answer is rather simple: I did my doctoral dissertation [1] on the topic of abortion and discovered that Loma Linda University did play a vital role in the moral compromise over this issue beginning back in 1970 when some of our medical institutions started offering abortion services to their patients for profit.

In the event this is news to you, you probably need to read an article written by George Gainer in which he tells the sad story of our church departure from moral duty–the time when killing innocent unborn human beings was added to our healing mission. As I read said article, I found a list of 12 Adventist hospitals that participated in this strange venture, and Loma Linda University is one of them:

“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.” [2]

You may also read another article authored by George Gainer [3] that recounts the history of our “Guidelines on Abortion,” [4] a document that even today is adhered to by most of our Adventist medical institutions and that justifies abortions under a variety of circumstances including when the unwanted pregnancy is the result of rape, incest, when there is evidence of malformation in the unborn child, and even when the pregnancy affects the mental health of the woman.

This means that if the father of the unborn child is a rapist, if the baby is not physically perfect, or if the pregnant woman is the victim of a temporary mental depression, the church seems to justifiy the permanent deprivation of the life of the innocent baby.

In light of these aparently undeniable historical facts, how can we claim that “Here at Loma Linda University Health, this has never been a problem!” and that “We have remained true to those ideals”?

Note: Needless to say, in spite of the fact that almost a month has gone by, I am still waiting for a response or an acknowledgement that my email was received and read. I also left with his personal secretary a gift copy of my second book dealing with abortion and the SDA church but got no answer from his office.


[1] “From Pro-life to Pro-choice,” and “Murder in Paradise”

[2] “The Wisdom of Solomon? or The Politics of Pragmatism? The General Conference Abortion Decision 1970-71 , p. 31; Spectrum 19/4 (May 1989): 38-46.

[3] “Abortion: history of Adventist guidelines”



  1. The question of faithfulness to a vision is often answered by changing a few of the details of the original vision. Has LLUH been faithful to the vision when accepting donations from the world’s largest private abortion provider while saying nothing negative about the health risks to both the mother and the unborn child that abortion necessitates? Is accepting donations from gambling conglomerates included in the definition of “faithfulness to the vision” while nothing negative is said about the moral, mental, and spiritual cancers that gambling carries within it’s profits? To make man whole or to make man’s hole (6′ deep)?? Which vision?

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