The Southern Baptist Convention is standing strong for the rights of unborn babies, leader Russell Moore said this week.
Moore is the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), the public policy arm of the Christian denomination, one of the largest in the world. The convention’s annual meeting was this week.
On Wednesday, Moore released his annual report at the convention, explaining that protection of human life has been a top priority in the past year, the Baptist Press reports.
Specifically, Moore said the ERLC has focused on supporting efforts to defund the abortion chain Planned Parenthood of billions of taxpayer dollars.
“And over the last year, if there is one thing that has become more clear, it is that Planned Parenthood is no friend to women, no friend to children and no friend to life and human dignity,” Moore said. “[W]e live in an age in which our own government subsidizes the piracy and grave-robbing of defenseless infants who have no voice at all.”
He said ERLC is educating legislators and the public about the abortion industry through campaigns, the Evangelicals for Life conference in January and other means, according to the report.
Moore said ERLC also collected thousands of signatures from people urging federal lawmakers to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business and delivered them to lawmakers.
Abortion is Planned Parenthood’s main business, and its leaders have refused to give it up and focus on providing real health care to women. In 2015, it performed 328,348 abortions on unborn babies, nearly 5,000 more than the previous year.
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Pro-lifers, including many Christians, have been calling on congressional leaders to defund the abortion business in the wake of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood potentially illegally selling aborted babies’ body parts.
Earlier this year, a Congressional investigation into the matter concluded with lawmakers recommended that Congress defund Planned Parenthood. The abortion group also has been caught in numerous scandals involving Medicaid fraud and failures to report suspected sex trafficking and sexual abuse of minors.