[Note: Following is a press release issued by the
pro-abortion group "Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice." In response to
its erroneous message, the National Pro-Life Religious Council
issued a press release as well, showing that Biblical faith does not support
any right to choose abortion.]
Roe v. Wade Anniversary: Primer on Theological Principles
16 Jan 16:30
For Roe v. Wade 30th Anniversary Coverage:
Primer on Theological Principles Underlying Religious Support for Choice
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Following is a primer on theological
principles underlying religious support for choice, released today by Religious
Coalition for Reproductive Choice: As the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade
approaches, President Bush's proclamation for "National Sanctity of Human Life"
Day has obscured the real differences between the pro-life and pro-choice
positions. Pro-life organizations such as the National Conference of Catholics
Bishops want to deprive women of the ability to make decisions about their
reproductive life and their family, including using family planning. Pro-choice
organizations such as the Presbyterian Church (USA), Episcopal Church, the
General Board of Church and Society and the Women's Division of the United
Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, the Unitarian Universalist
Association of Congregations, and Reform and Conservative Jewish congregations
and rabbis want to safeguard the fundamental constitutional protection for
To correct the misinformation that is being circulated, the Religious
Coalition for Reproductive Choice offers this primer on Biblical and theological
principles underlying religious support for reproductive choice.
Stewardship. Genesis tells us that we are created in God's image and that
with that gift comes the responsibility for "...every living thing that moves
upon the earth" (1:27-28). It follows that, as moral agents, women have the
God-given responsibility to make decisions about the course of action that seems
to them most responsible in cases of unwelcome pregnancy.
Free will. Created in God's image, we are endowed with the ability to make
moral choices. This ability is the very basis of an individual's dignity and
Personhood. The Bible's portrait of personhood centers on the woman and the
man who unquestionably bear the image of God and live in responsible relation to
The sanctity of life. All religions revere life. It is because we believe in
the sanctity of all human life that we are sensitive to the effects of an
unwanted pregnancy on women and families. We work toward and pray for a world in
which every child is wanted, loved, and cared for.
Respect. The Bible places full responsibility for procreation in the hands of
the parents. Requiring a woman to complete a pregnancy against her will devalues
motherhood and shows lack of respect for women.