Recently, the Salvation Army’s official position on abortion which was approved on November 2010 was brought to my attention.
After defining what constitutes an induced or elective abortion the Salvation Army then proceeds to state how much they respect life from “the moment of fertilisation as the start of human life.” They go on to say that “life is a gift from God,” how the unborn must be protected, and how babies must not aborted just because of “genetic abnormalities” as long as the unborn child “is likely to live longer than a brief period after birth.”
Next, they give the conditions under which procuring an abortion is acceptable. Here is what they say:
The Salvation Army recognizes tragic and perplexing circumstances that require difficult decisions regarding a pregnancy. Decisions should be made only after prayerful and thoughtful consideration, acknowledging the tremendous pressures that occur during an unexpected pregnancy. There is a responsibility on all involved to give the parents of the unborn child, particularly the woman, appropriate pastoral, medical and other counsel. The Salvation Army believes that termination can occur only when
• Carrying the pregnancy further seriously threatens the life of the mother; or
• Reliable diagnostic procedures have identified a foetal abnormality considered incompatible with survival for more than a very brief post natal period.
In addition, rape and incest are brutal acts of dominance violating women physically and emotionally. This situation represents a special case for the consideration of termination as the violation may be compounded by the continuation of the pregnancy.
What’s troubling about their position is that on the one hand they say that all life is sacred and on the other hand, not certain lives. On the one hand, God is the giver and taker of life, but on the other hand, a woman can terminate the lives of her baby in certain situations. You can’t have it both ways. Either life is sacred and God ordained or it’s not.
Another issue is the second bullet point. Who is to determine what “a very brief post natal period” is? A perfect example is Rick Santorum. His daughter Isabella was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 late into the pregnancy. Since a large percentage of these children are still born and out of the ones that survive, 90% of them die within the first year, many in the first few weeks, by the Salvation Army’s stance on abortion, she would have been a prime candidate for abortion. The problem with their stance is that we don’t know what God has in mind for any person. Isabella has defied all odds and is now 3 1/2 years old. Thank God the Santorum’s believe that ALL life is precious and has value regardless as to how long that life is.
The Santorum case isn’t an exception, there are many such cases where the pregnancies have been misdiagnosed, and in some cases deliberately misdiagnosed where the mothers are urged to abort their children. In many of these cases, the mothers who decline to abort deliver healthy babies.
The Salvation Army does a lot of good work and they help a lot of people. Good organizations become “infiltrated” by forces that promote abortion, breakdown of marriage, sexual immorality, etc. They come as wolves in sheep’s clothing, and appear to be harmless and even helpful. Then, they begin to reveal their true or basically untrue colors. This is sadly maybe what is happening to the Salvation Army. Not for sure, but maybe.
Other organizations that do some good work but have been infiltrated by forces pushing these agendas include, the Girl Scouts, Macy’s, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, National NAACP, and Congressional Black Caucus to name a few.
The main point in all of this is that the Salvation Army and maybe other seemingly well intended groups or individuals often have what could be termed “misplaced compassion,” in that they want to help people but can’t find a way to help everyone involved in the situation. It the case of abortion, the mother and the child should both have the civil right of life.
To read the Salvation Army’s full statement click HERE.