Abortion: A Statement of Judgement and Conviction
A Resolution of The American Lutheran Church (1980)
A resolution adopted by the Tenth General Convention of The American Lutheran Church (GC8O.4.46) "as a statement of judgment and conviction," which "expresses its corporate voice on an issue as its contribution to a public debate on that issue" of abortion. Ballot vote tally: Yes--609 (65%); No--323; Abstain--1l.
Resolved, That The American Lutheran Church
a. affirms that human life from conception, created in the image of God, is always sacred;
b. understands that an induced abortion ends a unique human life;
c. advocates responsible exercise of sexual and procreative acts so as to prevent the temptation to turn to abortion;
d. deplores the alarming increase of induced abortions since the 1973 Supreme Court decision and views this as an irresponsible abuse of God's gift of life and a sign of the sinfulness of humanity and the brokenness of our present social order;
e. acknowledges that there may be circumstances when, all pertinent factors responsibly considered, an induced abortion may be a tragic option;
f. rejects the practice in which abortion is used for personally convenient or selfish reasons;
g. recognizes that guilt is a common consequence of abortion and applies to all involved--fathers, mothers, doctors, counselors, and the society in which abortion is so readily tolerated;
h. believes that because abortion has not only legal and medical, but also theological, ethical, moral, psychological, economic, and social implications, it is therefore too important a decision to be left solely to one person;
i. regards civil law as a significant factor in shaping the judgments of citizens concerning that which is moral or immoral, good or evil, in the social order; this church therefore deplores the absence of any legal protection for human life from the time of conception to birth;
j. urges those dealing with problem pregnancies to avail themselves of competent Christian guidance to help them explore the entire issue, including long-range effects and options other than abortion;
k. declares that life is not only under sin but also under grace and urges pastors, medical personnel, and parishioners to exercise their priestly and healing role under Christ.