United Methodist Church Bashes Ben Nelson on Abortion-Health Care Refusal

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 18, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

United Methodist Church Bashes Ben Nelson on Abortion-Health Care Refusal

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 18
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The United Methodist Church has never made a secret of its support for abortion as it regularly participates in a radical national pro-abortion religious group. With one of its members, Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, holding up the health care bill over abortion funding, the church is on the attack.

Rev. Cynthia Abrams has written an email for the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, that made the rounds Friday.

The sharply-worded email, sent to its Nebraska members, urged them to lobby Nelson to support the government-run health care bill even though it includes massive abortion funding.

"The U.S. health-care system is broken. It needs to be repaired. Your U.S. senator, Ben Nelson, is the last holdout blocking an important step forward in the reform," it says.

The email calls on Nelson to "set aside his personal agenda" against taxpayer funding of abortions "and think about the common good."

The email even cites Jesus Christ as a reason to back the pro-abortion health care bill, saying, "Frankly, I believe Jesus set the bar high in reaching out to the disenfranchised among us. I disagree that some ought to be able to have better health care than others — and so does The United Methodist Church!"

The email also includes a pre-written script Nebraska Methodist churches can use to contact Nelson and urge him to back the bill and its abortion promotion.

"As a fellow United Methodist, I’d like you to know that our denomination’s position is that health care is a basic human right. Christ set an example in the parable of the Good Samaritan. People without health insurance in this country fear everyday that they will become ill and not be able to find or afford adequate health care," the script says.

Abrams closes her letting saying she is proud to be a clergy member of a denomination that declares “health care is a basic human right” and a “responsibility of government to provide its citizens.”

In her letter, Abrams, who is the Director of Alcohol, Other Addictions and Health Care Program for the United Methodist Church, says nothing about abortion or pro-life issues as they relate to the health care bill.

ACTION: 1) Contact Senator Nelson and urge him to support the filibuster of the pro-abortion health care bill. Call (202) 224-6551 or use the contact form at https://bennelson.senate.gov/contact-me.cfm

2) Contact the United Methodist Church with your opposition to its letter at 202-488-5600 or James E. Winkler, its General Secretary at [email protected]. Contact the letter’s author Cynthia Abrams at (202) 488-5636 or [email protected]

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