There has been an aggressive attempt by the pro-abortion movement lately to convince Christians that it’s ok to support the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
Often the message comes through local news reports like one in the Omaha World-Herald this week. The article highlighted different religious perspectives on the issue, but it especially focused on Debra McKnight, a United Methodist Church pastor in Omaha, Nebraska.
McKnight advocates openly for legalized abortion, even attending Planned Parenthood rallies wearing a clerical collar, according to the report.
In the interview, she challenged the established Christian belief that babies in the womb are valuable and killing them is wrong. McKnight said she supports legalized abortion and pointed to scripture that she claims says life does not begin until the first breath.
That is not what her own denomination teaches about abortion, however. While the United Methodist Church, unlike many other Christian denominations, does not expressly condemn the killing of unborn babies in abortions in all circumstances, it does acknowledge the sanctity of human life, including babies in the womb. It states that Christians are “equally bound to respect the sacredness of the life and well-being of the mother and the unborn child.”
McKnight said she does receive some push-back for her abortion beliefs, but she supports abortion anyway.
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Here’s more from the report:
The intersection of faith and abortion rights was on display earlier this year at the Nebraska Legislature, where multiple lawmakers invoked their faith when discussing their support for a bill that would have primed the state to ban abortions. After more recent attempts at legislative action failed, the Nebraska Catholic Conference pledged to continue working to “uphold human dignity in the law.”
But McKnight and several other religious leaders said perceptions regarding faith and abortion fail to capture the nuance within religious groups.
Articles and columns highlighting pastors who support abortion have been popping up more frequently in local news outlets across the country. The pro-abortion movement has been trying to “normalize” abortion among Christians in other ways, too.
Politicians like Vice President Kamala Harris, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock, a “pro-choice pastor,” have been pushing the same message. Newsom even quoted a biblical passage about “loving your neighbor” in a series of new billboards welcoming women to come to California to abort their unborn babies.
Likely the reason for this targeting is because Christianity and the belief that every human life is valuable are closely linked, and abortion activists want to break down this link.
Although not all pro-lifers are Christians, polls find a strong connection between being pro-life and Christian. According to the World-Herald, a 2014 Pew Research study found 54 percent of Nebraska Christians believe abortions should be illegal in all or most cases, compared to 46 percent of the general population.
Christianity is anti-abortion and pro-life. An abortion kills a unique, living human being who, Christianity teaches, is a valuable person created in the image of God. The Bible condemns murder, the harming of children and the shedding of innocent blood, and it recognizes unborn babies as valuable, living human beings.
True Christianity raises up the most vulnerable, defends the defenseless and offers compassion to the suffering. And it is primarily Christians who are providing support and encouragement to pregnant and parenting mothers in need – although pro-lifers of other faiths and no faith are doing this, too. Through pregnancy centers, maternity homes and many other charities, Christians across the U.S. are providing baby supplies, housing, financial assistance, parenting classes and more to help millions of mothers and babies thrive.