Posted by: adventlife | November 6, 2017

History of Abortion in the Adventist Church, by Nic Samojluk


When I joined the Adventist Church through baptism seven decades ago, I never imagined—not even in my wildest dreams—that the denomination I was joining would one day abandon the pro-life stance on abortion ardently defended by our Adventist pioneers and eventually actively participate in the killing of innocent unborn children for the sake of dirty profit.

A Dramatic Departure from Moral Duty

What prompted the Adventist leaders to make such a drastic departure from the right path? The answer is quite simple: Financial gain. Our Castle Memorial Hospital [CMH] located in the State of Hawaii was faced with a serious financial dilemma: The State legalized abortion, and the non-Adventist physicians at said institution demanded the right to offer elective abortion services to their patients.

CMH managers elevated this issue to the North American Division. Our church leaders panicked, they realized they had to choose between the lives of innocent unborn children and money. It was a tough choice, and unfortunately, they made the wrong decision. They chose profit over the right to life of the unborn.

A Reliable Source of Historical Facts

If you are not familiar with this sad chapter of Adventist history, I suggest you take the time to inform yourself about this issue. The most reliable and comprehensive history of abortion in the SDA organization was written by George Gainer:

Ref.: “Abortion: history of Adventist guidelines”


George Gainer: “The Wisdom of Solomon”


An Incredible Public Announcement

Gainer describes the dramatic change that took place when Neal Wilson publicly announced to the world that the Adventist Church was leaning towards abortion because there was too much hunger and there were too many people in the world. And bear in mind that this incredible explanation was made in the richest country of the world—a country that had a huge oversupply of food and that at that time was the greatest creditor in the world.

“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.”

Ref.: George Gainer, The Wisdom of Solomon? Spectrum 19/4 (May 1989): 38-46.

He also tells us that prior to 1970, Adventist hospitals were already offering what is known as “therapeutic abortions” to their patients.

Adventists Open the Door to Elective Abortion

When the leaders of the church approved the guidelines on abortion, the door for elective abortions was left wide open, and many Adventist hospitals took advantage of this opportunity to increase their profits.

We seem to ignore this important event in the history of our Adventist denomination. The emphasis on abnormal pregnancies by those defending abortion is evident by the fact that their view is focused on therapeutic abortions while ignoring what happened when the church abandoned its pro-life position and embraced non-therapeutic elective abortions.

They seem to act as if nothing major had taken place in 1970. Without those guidelines, our church would be still limited to therapeutic abortions. This represents a major flaw in their position.

A Lesson From Abortion Statistics

We need to remember what happened when the legalization of abortion took place in the U.S. mainland in 1973. According to statistics there were that year 700,000 abortions. That number doubled by 1983.

To assume that the  publication of the Adventist Guidelines on abortion had no effect on the number of elective abortions in our Adventist medical facilities is illogical and contrary to common sense.

It is true that we do not have all the statistics we would like to have, but our conclusions are solidly based on common sense and reason. Take the time to watch what a young pro-life researcher discovered about this:

“PROOF: 15,000+ Abortions in Seventh-day Adventist Hospitals”


Here is an anecdote hat illustrates this: Gainer relates how a couple decided to seek the services of our physicians at our “Washington Adventist Hospital” a few decades ago. The wife was pregnant, and the first question the doctor asked was: “Do you want to keep the baby?” The man got up and said to his wife: “Honey let’s go. We must be in the wrong place.” He had assumed that a question of that nature would never be asked in a Christian medical facility.

Teresa Beem relates how when she called the General Conference office, a GC representative made the following admission: “Our Washington Adventist Hospital is an abortion mill.”

Dramatic Discoveries by a Hard-Working Investigator

What we need is not additional documented facts, but rather to pay attention to all the facts we already have. We are fortunate to have among us a young, very talented, researcher who has made a long list of dramatic discoveries connected with the issue of abortion in the Adventist church.

In a relatively short time, he was able to create a long list of well-documented, high impact videos that are available online for us to enjoy. His name is Andrew Michell. Here is one of them:

“Shocking History of Abortion in Seventh-day Adventist Church”


But if you are really motivated to explore this issue in more detail, I recommend that you take the time to watch as many of his pro-life videos as you can. Here is a link that will help you do this:

“List of Andrew Michell’s Pro-life Videos”



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