Former United Church of Christ Pastor Says Abortions are “Godly Decisions”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 24, 2018   |   3:44PM   |   Washington, DC

A former United Church of Christ pastor says abortions are “Godly decisions.”

As LifeNews reported this week, on the evening of November 9, the so-called Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice is planning a “blessing” of the Planned Parenthood abortion center. Who is leading the event? None other than Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith, who is a former United Church of Christ pastor.

As she writes, “I was pastor of Advent United Church of Christ in Columbus, Ohio, for 22 years, but have now started a non-profit, Crazy Faith Ministries, dedicated to work on social justice issues.”

The blessing appears to be a response to the closing ceremony of the 40 Days for Life campaign. The event is called Holy Ground: Blessing the Sacred Space of Decision, and an event description reads:

During this clinic blessing, participants will gather with local faith leaders and guests to ask for God’s blessing upon Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio’s East Columbus Surgical facility, the abortion providers and staff, and all those who pass through the center.

In celebration of conscience and moral decision making, this event will include interfaith blessings, prayers, and testimonies about receiving and providing abortion care. This clinic blessing will create space for progressive voices of faith to speak boldly in support of comprehensive reproductive health care, especially abortion.

Shockingly, in the announcement for the event, Smith claims aborting a baby is a Biblical decision.

“Anti-abortion advocates do not have the monopoly on faith or God. Many faith leaders and people of faith hold that accessing and providing abortions are good and godly decisions,” she writes.

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Shaun Carney of the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign condemned her claim.

“Abortion is simply unsuccessful unless it ends the life of a baby. Every abortion–at every stage–is barbaric and can never be justified. That is why those who advocate for abortion appeal to anything in order to justify it…including God,” he said.

He added:

A Planned Parenthood invitation to an event in Columbus described abortion as “good and godly” and said the blessing is a “celebration of conscience and moral decision making.”

Events like this show the abortion industry’s true colors. Gone are the days when abortion advocates claimed abortion should be safe, legal and rare.

Instead, Planned Parenthood calls on pastors “to speak boldly in support of comprehensive reproductive health care, especially abortion.”

Sacrilegious spectacles like this are the last gasp of a dying industry…and proof that Planned Parenthood understands that no matter what rhetoric you use, abortion kills a baby. No publicity stunt will remove that fact, but prayer can end it.