Standing in the Kentucky Capitol on Thursday, Presbyterian pastor Rev. Wayne A. Gnatuk proudly declared his support for abortion.
Gnatuk, a retired minister from the Presbyterian Church USA, joined Planned Parenthood abortion activists for a rally to criticize two pro-life bills that could help protect unborn babies in Kentucky, according to WLKY.
“As an ordained minister, I am proudly pro-choice. I am also very proud that my denomination as a whole is pro-choice,” Gnatuk said. Along with his ministry work, he also is the chair of the pro-abortion Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
Gnatuk slammed new legislation, state House Bill 142, which would prohibit agencies that promote abortions from receiving state tax dollars.
Years ago, when he ran a ministry-based social service agency that received taxpayer funds, he said he sometimes recommended abortions to people who came in for counseling. In one case, he said he helped a 13-year-old girl get an abortion.
“I provided to her and her parents what some people call all-options counseling,” Gnatuk said. “I helped them to obtain an abortion for the 13-year-old. I absolutely believe that this was the best course of action in that very tragic situation.”
To Gnatuk, helping women and girls abort their unborn babies was the “very best pastoral, moral and ethical care” that he could provide.
He said he is praying that House Bill 142 will be defeated so that pastors, counselors and others can continue to recommend abortions while receiving tax dollars from the state.
Though Gnatuk touts himself as a Christian leader, his actions defy biblical teachings about the value of children, the sanctity of human life and the killing of innocent human beings.
The Bible may not specifically mention the word “abortion,” but it clearly does condemn the life-destroying practice. Even in ancient times, babies in the womb were viewed as valuable, as is evident in Luke 1:41. Jesus placed great value on children when others in society did not in Matthew 19:14, and Proverbs 6:16-17 states that one of the things God hates most is the shedding of innocent blood. One of the ten commandments prohibits murder.
True religion rejects violence and raises up the most vulnerable. It defends the defenseless and offers compassion to the suffering. This is what pro-life advocates, secular and religious, do every day for mothers and babies across the world. They offer struggling families true compassion by reassuring them that every life is valuable.