Church Group Celebrates Abortion, Says Killing Babies is an Act of “Love and Dignity”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Dec 20, 2021   |   7:21PM   |   Washington, DC

The First Unitarian Universalist church in Dallas, Texas is proudly pro-abortion and has been for decades.

According to The Guardian, the liberal non-Christian congregation has been fighting for the legalized killing of unborn babies in abortions since the 1960s, and its abortion advocacy continues to this day.

First Unitarian donates to the billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood and its pastor and members volunteer at abortion facilities. It even is involved in an effort to recruit other congregations to become part of a new pro-abortion lobbying effort, according to the report.

To justify these actions, the church leaders promote the contradictory belief that they support abortion because “every human is worthy of love and dignity.”

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“… one of the core teachings of the church is the belief that every human is worthy of love and dignity and that a woman’s right to control her own body and reproductive future is a very natural extension of that principle,” Kathleen Campbell, president of the congregation’s Women’s Alliance, told the news outlet.

This is a distorted view of Christianity and science. Biologically, unborn babies are unique, living human beings from the moment of conception. They deserve love and compassion, but Campbell’s church is openly advocating for killing them. Christianity teaches that killing innocent human beings is wrong, and it recognizes unborn babies as valuable human beings.

But First Unitarian leaders have ignored these teachings for decades, even filing a legal brief in support of Roe v. Wade in the early 1970s. The infamous ruling resulted in the deaths of more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of mothers.

Here’s more from the report:

In 1970, Linda Coffee, an attorney and friend of the church, introduced the women to Dallas resident Norma McCorvey – known widely under the pseudonym “Jane Roe” – and told them she was about to launch a legal challenge against local district attorney Henry Wade.

Wanting to assist in any way they could, the women took the bold step of filing a legal brief on behalf of McCorvey in her pursuit to strike down the Texas law, helping spur support for what would later become Roe v Wade.

Over the decades the church has carried on the tradition of ardently supporting reproductive rights, a seemingly radical mission in a state headed by Christian rightwing leaders deeply hostile to abortion care.

The Rev. Daniel Kanter, senior minister of the Dallas church and a former Planned Parenthood board member, said they want to spread the message that not all religious people oppose abortion.

“While so many think all religious people are against abortion, that’s just not true,” Kanter told the news outlet. “We are there to support those who have abortion. We believe God loves us all and we shouldn’t be silenced or shamed for the decisions we make about our bodies.”

But for Kanter and his congregation, “us all” does not include babies in the womb who also deserve love and protection.

First Unitarian also is trying to persuade other churches to advocate for abortions, according to the report. It is helping to lead the new Just Texas Reproductive Freedom Congregation movement, a project of Texas Freedom Network to train churches to be abortion lobbyists.

“We are on a quest to wrestle God back from the religious pro-life conservatives who have taken God hostage,” the Rev. Erika Forbes, faith and outreach manager for Just Texas, told The Guardian. “I have no doubt in my mind God is on our side and that God respects and trusts women.”

But trusting women has nothing to do with it. Their real mission is to distort the truth and justify the killing of unborn babies in abortions. Killing a child is wrong, whether inside the womb or outside of it. It is an evil, condemnable act, but abortion activists are deceiving women, especially those in difficult situations, by convincing them that killing their child is ok.

This is not true compassion for the mother or her child. It is an excuse for those who call themselves religious leaders to not do the right but difficult thing: dedicate themselves to sacrificing to help both mother and child as true Christianity calls people to do.