Bilger: United Church of Christ passes resolution claiming killing babies in abortions is health care

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by Micaiah Bilger, at

A Protestant denomination that claims to follow Christ passed a pro-abortion resolution this week that describes aborting unborn babies as “health care” and pro-life laws as “sexual violence.”

The United Church of Christ General Synod overwhelmingly passed the resolution “Proclaiming Abortion as Healthcare” in a 611-24 vote, according to the denomination website.

UCC leaders said they created the resolution in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Dobbs v. Jackson, which overturned Roe v. Wade and began allowing laws to protect unborn babies from abortion again. Currently, 15 states are enforcing laws that protect unborn babies from abortion, and more are fighting in court to do the same.

Most Christians believe killing unborn babies in abortions is wrong because every human being is created in the image of God. But a few have strayed from this teaching.

The new UCC resolution describes abortion as “healthcare” and a “right.” It goes on to condemn “all laws banning abortion or restricting access to reproductive health services” – language that suggests the denomination supports abortions for any reason up to birth, including elective late-term abortions on viable babies and sex-selection abortions.

Additionally, the document maligns pro-life laws that protect unborn babies’ lives. It argues that “forced birth is an act of sexual violence and the choice to have and care for children is a sacred decision which should not be forced upon anyone.

”In regard to more tangible actions, the resolution urges all UCC churches to cover travel costs for pastors and other staff to abort their unborn babies in elective abortions.

It also calls on denomination leaders to lobby against pro-life laws and “explore the creation of a bail fund for those UCC members who may be arrested for participation in civil disobedience or other acts of nonviolent Christian witness around reproductive justice.”

The Rev. Dakota Roberts, an Indiana pastor who helped develop the resolution, said UCC churches should become “sanctuaries” for abortion seekers.

“As sanctuary churches house refugees and immigrants from deportation, so now, too, the United Church of Christ encourages churches to love, support and exist as a sanctuary for individuals seeking access to safe abortions,” Roberts said.

Christianity always has taught that every human life is valuable, and killing innocent people is evil. But some churches, including a number of shrinking Protestant denominations like the UCC, have abandoned this teaching in recent years. In January, four UCC pastors even filed a lawsuit against Missouri, challenging its abortion ban on religious freedom grounds.

These radical pro-abortion actions contradict scripture and millennia of Judeo-Christian teachings.

The Bible recognizes unborn babies as valuable human beings in Luke 1:41, Genesis 25:21-22, Psalm 22:10-11 and other passages. Jesus placed great value on children when others in society did not in Matthew 19:14, and Proverbs 6:16-17 states that one of the things God hates most is the shedding of innocent blood. One of the ten commandments prohibits murder.

Science also backs up the belief. Biologically, it is well accepted that a living human being with his/her own unique DNA comes into existence at the moment of conception. Scientists, biology textbooks and other expert sources agree, and it is a reason why many non-religious people also believe abortion is wrong.

Christians also believe that God loves and forgives mothers and fathers who have their unborn babies aborted. When individuals recognize their sin and repent, Christianity teaches that God is “abounding in love” and willing to forgive. Many pro-life ministries offer post-abortion Bible studies and counseling programs for just this purpose.

Categories: Commentary, Faith, Life&Death

10 replies »

  1. Those houses who stand in defiance of God’s word, refuse to repent and change their ways, is their freewill. I, for one, do not want to be standing in their shoes. I have heard some pastors say the hardening of hearts is preparing for the harvest. The Angel of Death is upon the earth. The last call has gone out. One church in Massachusetts recently burned to the ground from a lightening strike. The minister of that church had previously given a sermon full of blasphemy and sin. Read Matthew 24 for more details of what is to come.

  2. Reading this article I have to face the fact that humanity is most assuredly coming to an end. When these so called humans who support mudering babies start running churches all hope of morality is lost. God help us all!

  3. If this is what we’re getting for principled moral leadership we are in for some very dark times.

  4. Makes me think of the story Jesus told about the destruction of the Temple and what he said about those who will come in the name of Christ leading people astray. Although Jesus was preparing the apostles for historical events, the principle/spirit of Mark 13:5&6 seems to fit.

  5. “A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge hammer…..seemed to flow through the whole group like an electric current….. George Orwell.

  6. In subverting a country without firing a shot, “the highest art form of war” (Sun Tzu) outsiders work to infiltrate institutions. Schools and churches being the primary target, the purposely work to confuse the populace about their sexuality, to help break down the family structures and push society into a lustful state rather than love.

    Vermont is ripe with these examples. Having not just one, but two generations taught lies, envy and hatred leads us to our current state. It’s all orchestrated, it’s no accident that within 3 months all across the nation we suddenly have drag queen story hour…… you know how much coordination that takes?

    Got to give them credit, they are very “organized”

    Vermonters, here’s your sign, we are being played.

    • The UCC was co=opted a few years ag. The UU Church is under attack.
      Reform Judaism is also under attack.

  7. The right to practice the religion of your choice is codified by the US constitution. The right to force others to practice your religion is not.

    • Absolutely. The belief that life begins at conception is a specifically Christian one, backed by science. Other religions, and the absence of religion, hold that life begins at birth, and this is backed by the gazillion-dollar POC (products of conception) industry. Who is this “Christian” church anyway? (Just kidding: I had contact with them through a friend in Boston, and they are dreadful.)