Tuesday, March 27, 2018

68 Iowa Faith Leaders Sign Letter in Support of Abortion

By Michael W. Chapman March 26, 2018

(Editor's Note: Unlike so many commentaries I reproduce here I don't have permission to publish this piece, and if the author takes exception to my doing so I will remove it and just create a link for my readers. But I'm doing so because I really do think it's important to expose the heresy of these "Christian" leaders of what's been called the "Social Gospel". Meaning they are more concerned with the latest leftist philosophical flavor of the day than they are with what the Bible clearly teaches, and this article shows just how deeply this murderous heresy has permeated "Christian" institutions.

When Christian believers read this kind of thing they must think of Jesus' words in Matthew Chapter Seven when he said in verses 15-23,
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them." Then again in "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

I have to believe they somehow think God isn't paying attention, or they're not only heretics, they're atheists masquerading as "Christians".  Also, there's a video that I can't reproduce here. Please go to the original article to the video and additional links.   RK)  

In reaction to legislation advancing in the Iowa legislature that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually around six weeks into pregnancy, 68 faith leaders in Iowa issued a letter stating their support for abortion and their support for women "to make their own healthcare decisions."

In a letter published in the Des Moines Register, March 15, the religious figures said, "As faith leaders, we want to use our collective voices to stand with Iowa women in support of their constitutional right to make independent healthcare decisions, including the right to an abortion."

"It is not the role of the government to infringe upon a woman's right to make private medical decisions," they said. "The constitutional right of women to make their own healthcare decisions is being attacked in the Iowa Legislature."

In late February, the Iowa Senate voted (30-20) to approve legislation that would ban abortions, except in the case of a medical emergency, after a baby's heartbeat is detected, which is usually around six weeks into pregnancy.

A similar measure in the Iowa House recently passed in its House Human Resources Committee. A public hearing was held on the measure last week. The legislation now moves to the full House for debate.

In their letter, the faith leaders continued, "There is a broad spectrum of beliefs within the faith community regarding the beginning of life. We do not wish to debate that issue because, quite simply, our personal religious beliefs are not relevant to the legal debate. Our personal religious beliefs should not be the driver of public policy.... Another person's theological understanding of when life begins cannot trump the rights of women."

"Some in the Iowa Legislature are inserting themselves into the most personal decisions that women may have to make," reads the letter. "They are attempting to damage the rights of Iowa women by advancing a ban on abortion about six weeks after conception.... Every woman deserves to consult her values, faith, and doctor when making a decision about her body and her pregnancy. Any law that strips a woman of her faith and tries instead to legislate her values for her is immoral."

"We stand with the women of Iowa and their constitutional right to make their own healthcare decisions," reads the letter. "We ask the Iowa Legislature to do the same."

Among the 68 letter-signers are Connie Ryan, executive director of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa; Laurie Haller, the resident bishop for the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church; and Rabbi David Kaufman, Reform Judaism in Des Moines. Many of the other signers are with the Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Commenting on the legislation, the Iowa Catholic Conference said it "supports the life-affirming intent of 'heartbeat' abortion legislation such as Senate File 2281. We appreciate legislators for their efforts to advance the protection of unborn children and we remain committed to helping with efforts aimed at resolving questions regarding the bill’s constitutionality."

"Science shows that life begins at conception," said the ICC. "May we continue to work together in solidarity on ways to protect vulnerable people, including the unborn."

State Sen. Amy Sinclair (R) told the legislature, “People in this chamber with a beating heart, please take a moment with me to reflect on what it means to be human, to be a person with rights, to aggressively defend your own right to life and to defend your reasonable expectation that your government should actively support you and all other individuals with a beating heart in that very same endeavor."


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