Delegates meeting in Detroit at the 221st General Assembly of the 1.8 million–member Presbyterian Church (USA) voted down a measure that would have the church endorse care for babies born alive after abortions. (Steven Ertelt/LifeNews.com/6/23/14.)
Commissioners voted 465-133 to disapprove an overture from the Presbytery of South Alabama calling for appointment of a special committee to review PC(USA) policies on abortion and propose new policies if needed. The overture also urged a two-year churchwide “season of reflection” on the plight of unwanted children, “both born and not-yet-born.” (Eva Stimson, Assembly acts decisively on gun violence, abortion,tax reform, pcusa.org/news June 9, 2014)
When that overture was defeated a second attempt was made in a motion proposed by Teaching Elder Commissioner Jim Houston-Hencken of the Presbytery of Nevada which eliminated the call for a new study of abortion and requested only “a two-year season of prayer and reflection on ‘the least of these’ children, both born and not yet born, who are unwanted by human society.” (Stimson)
This second motion was also voted down.
Really church? Did you do this? We are not encouraged by our church leadership to even reflect and pray for these babies?
Caring for children born alive at abortion
1) Presbyterian Church USA Defeats Motion to Care for Babies Born Alive After Abortion by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 6/23/14 5:39 PM
2) Assembly acts decisively on gun violence, abortion, tax reform June 19, 2014 General Assembly News Eva Stimson