A “Christian” women’s group condemned the new Texas heartbeat law Monday, arguing that women should be allowed to make the “prayerful” decision to abort their unborn babies.
United Methodist Women, an agency of the United Methodist Church, has a history of abortion advocacy. Until 2016, it was a member of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, a pro-abortion advocacy group.
In its statement this week, the group described the life-saving Texas law as an “intrusion on families” and claimed it especially will hurt poor women.
“We pray that legislators in states across the country will make a different choice and allow women to discuss health care needs with their loved ones and health care providers,” the United Methodist Women said.
The pro-life law, which went into effect Sept. 1, prohibits abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. It has the potential to save tens of thousands of babies from unnecessary, elective abortions every year and countless mothers from pain and regret.
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The United Methodist Women, however, neglected to mention unborn babies and instead focused solely on women. Like the United Methodist Church, the group said it “respects the sacredness of life and recognizes tragic conflicts of life with life that may justify abortion, holding that in such cases we support the legal option of abortion under proper medical procedures.”
Abortion is not health care, though. The intention of an abortion is to kill an unborn baby, something most Christians believe is ethically and morally wrong.
However, the United Methodist Women portrayed the killing of an unborn baby as a choice that should be free from government interference.
“United Methodist Women, like the United Methodist Church, believes ‘governmental laws and regulations do not provide all the guidance required for the informed Christian conscience. Therefore, a decision concerning abortion should be made only after thoughtful and prayerful consideration by the parties involved, with medical, family, pastoral and other appropriate counsel,’” it continued.
The religious group claimed the pro-life law “usurps this critical decision-making process of women and families” and could hurt low-income families and women in abusive relationships.
But most Christians believe abortion should not be a “choice” at all. Christianity teaches that children are valuable even before they are born, and killing innocent human beings is a sin.
The Texas law protects unborn babies from abortion at an early stage of development. A baby’s heart begins to beat at about 22 days after conception and is detectable outside the womb by about six weeks of pregnancy.
Pro-life leaders in the state estimate as many as 100 babies may be being spared from abortion every single day under the new law.
Meanwhile, many Christian churches and organizations and pro-life advocates are reaching out to pregnant women across Texas with compassion and understanding, offering resources and emotional support to help them and their babies. Earlier this year, state lawmakers increased support for pregnant and parenting mothers and babies, ensuring that they have resources to choose life for their babies.