Methodist Church Opposes Measure to Ban Abortions: Killing Babies Helps Us “Love One Another”

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Apr 29, 2021   |   11:08AM   |   Lubbock, Texas

A United Methodist church in Lubbock, Texas is speaking out against a pro-life measure that would ban abortions, claiming that protecting unborn babies goes against their beliefs about “loving one another.”

Everything Lubbock reports many churches are taking a stance about a ballot measure to approve a Sanctuary for the Unborn ordinance, which would ban abortions in the city. The vote is Saturday.

If it passes, Lubbock would become the largest city in America – and the first with an abortion facility – to prohibit abortions within city limits.

While many churches are encouraging residents to “Vote Yes,” St. John’s United Methodist Church is doing the opposite, according to the report.

Shiloh Morris, associate pastor at St. John’s, told the local news that banning abortions is “dangerous” and “will make life harder for all women.”

“When Texas in the past tried passing propositions like this, young women who feel like they’re trapped in situations attempted self-abortions, and [they] endanger [their] own life,” Morris said.

Recently, however, abortion activists have been openly promoting self-induced abortions, claiming they are safe. Earlier this month, the Biden administration even decided to stop enforcing FDA safety regulations for abortion drugs, meaning abortion facilities now can sell them through the mail without ever seeing the woman in person.

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Morris also argued that supporting abortion is about “loving one another.”

“We’re guided to love one another, like one another, but that doesn’t mean that one faith should be able to make the decisions for everyone,” she told the local news.

But people of all faiths and no faith oppose abortion because it destroys an unborn child’s life. Opposing abortion is about loving and valuing every human being from the moment their life begins at conception until it ends at death.

That is why Jackie White, senior pastor at Church on the Rock in Lubbock, describes himself as “whole life” rather than pro-life, according to the local news. White’s church held a prayer service earlier this week in support of the pro-life ordinance.

“I’m for the unborn baby’s life. I’m for the mother’s life. I’m for the doctor who performs and abortion — I’m for his life,” White said.

Pro-life advocates are especially motivated to pass the ordinance after Planned Parenthood opened a new facility in the city and began aborting unborn babies earlier this month.

In November, the Lubbock City Council rejected the pro-life ordinance, but because of a citizen-led petition, residents will have the opportunity to approve the ordinance Saturday on the election ballot.

Voters will be asked to approve the following language: “The code of ordinances of the City of Lubbock shall be amended by enacting an ordinance outlawing abortion within the City of Lubbock, declaring Lubbock a sanctuary city for the unborn, making various provision and findings, providing for severability, repealing conflicting ordinances, and establishing an effective date.”

The proposed Sanctuary for the Unborn ordinance recognizes that unborn babies are valuable human beings who deserve to be protected under the law. It prohibits abortions within city limits and outlines legal consequences for abortionists who abort unborn babies. It does not penalize women who seek or have abortions, and it does not prohibit abortions when the mother’s life is at risk.

“It shall be unlawful for any person to procure or perform an abortion of any type and at any stage of pregnancy in the City of Lubbock, Texas,” the ordinance states.

To-date, 25 other cities in Texas and Nebraska have passed Sanctuary for the Unborn ordinances, and more are considering them this spring.

Abortion activists have tried to stop the Sanctuary for the Unborn effort, but, last year, pro-lifers won a victory when the American Civil Liberties Union dropped its lawsuit challenging Sanctuary for the Unborn ordinances in seven other Texas cities.