Kentucky Baptists Pass Pro-Life Resolution to “Abolish Abortion”

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 17, 2021   |   12:43PM   |   Frankfort, Kentucky

The Kentucky Baptist Convention sent a clear, strong pro-life message Tuesday at its annual meeting: It’s time to stop killing unborn babies in abortions.

Kentucky Today reports the members approved two pro-life resolutions by an overwhelming majority, including a measure supporting a pro-life amendment to the Kentucky Constitution.

One resolution mourned the nearly 63 million unborn babies who have been aborted since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on abortion in 1973, according to the report.

“… citing the clear and consistent biblical truth that human life is a special and unique creation of God, the resolution calls for focusing efforts to become a friend to the unborn with the ultimate goal of abolishing abortion in Kentucky,” the report states.

It also urged churches to increase awareness about abortion and alternatives to abortion.

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The second resolution supported the “Yes for Life” amendment (House Bill 91), which would amend the Kentucky Constitution to make it clear that there is no right to abortion. The state legislature already approved the amendment, but, to be ratified, voters also must approve it. That vote is scheduled for November 2022.

“To protect human life, nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion,” the proposed amendment states.

In the resolution, the Kentucky Baptist Convention said its ministry is committed “to join ourselves together, in accordance with the revealed will of God through His Word, to focus our efforts to become a friend to the unborn with the ultimate goal of abolishing abortion in Kentucky.”

It asked for support from “local and state political leaders who will be a friend of life, as they remain consistent to that conviction, and as they support this Constitutional Amendment.”

Pastor Ed Amundson, who chairs the convention Resolutions Committee, said the amendment will save children’s lives.

“We believe abortion is reprehensible and contrary to the word of God,” Amundson said.

Pro-life advocates said the amendment will prevent activist judges from striking down state pro-life laws and forcing taxpayers to pay for abortions in Kentucky, as has happened in other states.

In 2018, West Virginia voters passed a pro-life constitutional amendment after decades of being forced by a court ruling to fund elective abortions with their tax dollars. Tennessee approved a similar amendment in 2014. Kansas also is trying to pass a pro-life amendment to its constitution.