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May 15, 2013

Methodists Weigh In On Gosnell

A mainline denominational agency has gone where all of its pro-choice allies fear to tread. The United Methodist General Board of Church and Society has broken the total silence among the mainline enablers of abortion and responded to the guilty verdict in the Kermit Gosnell trial:

The verdict has been released and Doctor Kermit Gosnell has been convicted of the grisly murder of newborn babies who will only ever be known as Baby A, Baby C, Baby D and Baby E. He was also found guilty of the drug overdose of a Bhutanese immigrant, Karnamaya Mongar. We mourn this tragic loss of life, as well as the pain and loss Dr. Gosnell has caused countless other women and families.

Although justice has been served – a murderer has been convicted and tougher regulations and inspections enforced in Pennsylvania – this case has become the latest battlefield in the abortion debate, but it is unclear why.

Gee, I can’t imagine. Could it be that it revealed the culture of laxity surrounding enforcement of laws and regulations of the abortion industry? No, that couldn’t be it. Could it be that it raised questions about why the killing of children five minutes after birth and five minutes before birth should be treated differently, either morally or legally? No, I don’t think so. Could it be because groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL have taken the opportunity afforded by this trial to make the stupefying argument that the Gosnell trial shows there should be less regulation of abortion clinics? That certainly can’t be it. Could it be that many people have, for the first time, had to actually come to grips with what abortion does to children? Heavens, no.

I’m stumped.

Both those who oppose abortion and those who support it find the illegal and immoral actions of Dr. Gosnell reprehensible. The biblical teachings of the 10 Commandments is quite clear: “Do not murder.” (Deuteronomy 5:17)  What he did was not just against the United Methodist Social Principles; it was against the basic laws of this country and edicts of humanity.

Christians should not use this case as an opportunity to point fingers or cast stones at one another. Rather, all members of The United Methodist Church must take seriously our shared responsibility for the sanctity of all human life – at all stages of life. Each of us must give an account to God for what we do (or do not do) for our fellow brothers and sisters.

The Spirit of God is calling us to put down our stones and get busy doing the hard work of transforming the world for Jesus Christ.

Considering that this statement comes from an agency that spends most of its time pointing fingers at various miscreants (corporations, conservatives, the Religious Right, “climate deniers,” Republicans, etc.), that’s funny.

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The United Methodists are very proudly members of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, who are falling all over themselves to reassure people that their friends and allies in organisations such as the National Abortion Federation are nothing like that terrible Gosnell fellow, and besides, it is all the fault of those theocrats who stigmatise abortion.

I have one question for the UMC: suppose one of those crisis pregnancy centres (you know, the ones Planned Parenthood are trying so hard to have shut down) regularly had women coming in complaining of the conditions in a doctor’s office or an abortion clinic.  And suppose the workers there just said “We would always encourage them to report it to the Department of Health” but did nothing themselves about reporting this?  Do you think that just maybe we’d hear screaming and shouting from the rooftops about neglect and how this proves they don’t care about women’s health?

So this is my question, UMC: why don’t you ask your friends in Planned Parenthood why they did nothing about reporting Gosnell?

[1] Posted by Martha on 5-15-2013 at 03:36 PM · [top]

It did not serve any interest of Planned Parenthood to report Gosnell.  But now he has become very useful to them as they seek to demonize any opposition to further reform or regulation of their murderous industry by making him the poster boy of the only type of practcioner who would be around if reforms and oversight come into being…Lies and misrepresentations/mischaracterizations of truth are the tools they use to foster their evil..
It is shameful that any “Christian” organization would not place sanctity of life, being God given, at the core of their public policy determinations.

[2] Posted by aacswfl1 on 5-15-2013 at 03:57 PM · [top]

Methodism is big in Texas. I wonder what they will have to say about their own local Gosnell:

[3] Posted by Words Matter on 5-16-2013 at 10:38 PM · [top]

Despite what they would like you to believe, The Board of Church and Society does not speak for the United Methodist Church.  Only General Conference speaks for the United Methodist Church and it’s position on abortion, as expressed in the United Methodist Discipline condemns abortion as birth control and encourages support of crisis pregnancy centers—not Planned Parenthood. Had it not been for a liberal clique that controlled the agenda at the last General Conference, the UMC would not still belong to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.  The article at this link conveys the United Methodist Church’s view on abortion much better than the statement from the Board of Church and Society: How Will United Methodists Respond to Gosnell Horror

[4] Posted by ABQ Methodist on 5-17-2013 at 10:46 PM · [top]

ABQ, thanks for your message.  Our prayers are with all faithful Christians in the UMC.  May the Lord bless and protect you, and give your words and witness great power.

[5] Posted by MichaelA on 5-19-2013 at 03:00 AM · [top]

ABQ Methodist,

Doesn’t UMC headquarters cover abortion in its health plan?

[6] Posted by Ed the Roman on 5-28-2013 at 09:20 PM · [top]

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