Mennonite Church USA
Because we believe the Bible
teaches that man is created in God's image, that human life is
a gift from God to be held in high esteem, and that God's interest
in individuals begins before their birth with His desire that
they develop into knowledge of and faith in Him:
We believe that--
1. Abortion violates the biblical
principles of the sanctity and value of human life.
2. In the light of the spiritual
and ethical erosion in our society we need to accept our responsibility
to recognize and protect the sanctity of human life.
3. While we do not legislate
morality for society we should work toward making counsel concerning
alternatives available to each person who seeks an abortion.
4. In those rare situations when
very difficult decisions must be made about the life of the mother
or unborn child, Christians should prayerfully seek the guidance
of the Holy Spirit with a group of believers committed to discerning
the Lord's leading.
5. The Scriptures teach us not
to look with punitive judgment on those who differ but to be
sensitive toward their situation and surround them with care
statement accepted by the delegates of Mennonite General Assembly,
August 5-10, 1975, Eureka, Illinois, Workbook, p. 19.
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