"This is my body." Same words, different results. Christ gave His body away so others might live; abortion supporters cling to their own bodies so others might die. In giving His Body, Christ teaches the meaning of love. I sacrifice myself for the good of the other person. Abortion teaches the opposite of love: I sacrifice the other person for the good of myself!"
 Since the reviewer is an ELCA pastor (retired) writing for an ELCA journal, you are directed to turn to pp. 76 ff. to see where the Lutherans have been all this time. And it's a mixed bag. As mentioned earlier, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has remained consistently anti-abortion; the ELCA's predecessor entities, the American Lutheran Church, The Lutheran Church in America and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches changed direction and broke with Lutheranism's traditional stand against abortion. Reader, decide for yourself.
 Two appendices round out the book. If the reader needs chapter and verse on what churches are saying now about abortion, the material is there.
 The author concludes the book's main section with this statement:
In every crisis pregnancy situation, if the question is asked, "What kind of people are we to be as the church and as Christians?" then the question of whether to advise another person to have an abortion will have already been answered. The Christian must choose life: the choice to love and support another person in need, and in that way follow the gospel of the One who is life.
The Rev. Larry Bailey is a retired pastor and educator.
© May 2010
Journal of Lutheran Ethics
Volume 10, Issue 5