Skip to comments.United Methodist Officials: “Clearly More to Be Done” to Promote Abortion
Posted on 07/19/2013 2:58:02 PM PDT by NYer
Ms. Julie Taylor works in the office of Children, Youth and Family Advocacy of the United Methodist Women, and Ms. Amee Paparella is the new Director and Organizer for Womens Advocacy at the General Board of church and Society of The United Methodist Church. On January 18, they posted their article, Clearly More to Be Done, on the General Board of Church and Society website.
Co-written, their article serves as their personal response to the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. But given their positions in denominational agencies, their article also functions like an official response of The United Methodist Church to Roes anniversary.
The United Methodist Reporter suggests as much by publishing Clearly more to Be Done in its February 8th issue. (The Reporter is to be heartily commended for also carrying, in the same issue, a thoughtful critique of their article by Rev. Teddy Ray.)
Unfortunately, the article by Ms. Taylor and Ms. Paparella does not accurately represent what The United Methodist church teaches about life and abortion. In fact, the article distorts United Methodist teaching on this crucial matter.
This is how Clearly more to Be Done distorts United Methodist teaching on life and abortion.
As is well known, The United Methodist Churchs official teaching on life and abortion is found in Paragraph 161J (pp. 112-114) of The Book of Discipline (2012). Paragraph 161J indeed contains the one sentence from the Discipline that the Taylor-Paparella article quotes:
We recognize tragic conflicts of life with life that may justify abortion, and in such cases we support the legal option of abortion under proper medical procedures by certified medical providers.
Relying heavily on that one sentence from Paragraph 161J, the article makes its case that there is clearly more to be done to realize reproductive justice in American society and throughout the world.
However, Paragraph 161J says much more about life and abortion than the one sentence quoted above.
First, Paragraph 161J speaks explicitly about the little one carried by the mother. It refers to the sanctity of unborn human life and to the unborn child. In contrast, the article under review does not mention, even once, the unborn child. Given the fact over 55,000,000 unborn children have been aborted, since Roe v. Wade was handed down by the United States Supreme Court in 1973, that is a blatantly obvious oversight. That oversight distorts United Methodist teaching.
Second, Paragraph 161J, in one degree or another, stands against birth-control abortions, gender-section abortions, eugenic abortions, and partial-birth abortions. It also stands in favor of parental notification, diminishing high abortion rates, and aiding ministries that help women find feasible alternatives to abortion. The article under consideration overlooks these claims of Paragraph 161J, which aim to protect the unborn child and mother from abortion. Therefore, in a second way, this article distorts United Methodist teaching.
The article under critique is dedicated to seeking reproductive justice for women. All United Methodists are for justice for women. However, true justice for women is never reached by neglecting or supporting massive, ruthlessly violent injustices against unborn children, half of whom are little women. True justice for women does not turn pregnant women over to an abortion industry that frequently harms them.
Roe v. Wade is one of the most morally problematic, legally contested, and societally unsettling United States Supreme Court decisions in American history. On its 40th anniversary, The United Methodist Church deserved a more thoughtful response, that more accurately reflects denominational teaching on life and abortion, than Clearly more to Be Done.
LifeNews Note: Rev. Stallsworth is the editor of Lifewatch a pro-life Methodist publication. This originally appeared at NRL News Today.
Whaaaaa?? Even for Methodists this sounds bizarre.
Just Damn! Damn their souls that is.
This is as wrong as those pro-choice nuns! Or catholicsforchoice.org
Wrong all round
All the social-oriented churches quit Christianity a long time ago.
>>Even for Methodists this sounds bizarre.
The Leftists that infest the higher ranks of the UMC do not represent the views of the average member in the pews. But, the denomination has set up a system of elitism for ordination and only those who espouse certain beliefs can succeed. The rest of us know the difference between true social justice and the Marxist crap that the Progressives have piled on top of a good and Christian thing.
As far as I’m concerned these organized religions should lose their tax exempt status or just close their doors. They’re certainly not practicing what they preach. And I think that’s why they’re losing members.
Grew up as a UMC but left the church in the 80’s, as it was infested even then.
Me, too. But I left in 2001 after my pastor basically blamed 9/11 on world hunger. Then said ‘we must redistribute the wealth so that everyone has enough’. Socialism from the front of the church. I have never looked back. (I ran into another member of the church a few years later. She said they had lost half the congregation.......... but she agreed with the pastor).
Pseudo-Christians and Pseudo-Pastors
Can these people be called Christian?
No. Not Christian, they worship a fallen angel with a grudge against the God.
Ms. Julie Taylor works in the office of Children, Youth and Family Advocacy of the United Methodist Women, and Ms. Amee Paparella is the new Director and Organizer for Women's Advocacy at the General Board of church and Society of The United Methodist Church. On January 18, they posted their article, "Clearly More to Be Done," [such as cleaning house at the UMC] on the General Board of Church and Society website. Co-written, their article serves as their personal response to the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. But given their positions in denominational agencies, their article also functions like an official response of The United Methodist Church to Roes anniversary... (The Reporter is to be heartily commended for also carrying, in the same issue, a thoughtful critique of their article by Rev. Teddy Ray.)
>>I’m just curious how long “the rest of us” are going to put up with UMC church leaders that trade biblical truth for cultural rot.
We are a denomination that is strongly into the small group so we can function as a church of Jesus Christ indefinitely, regardless of what our bishops and district superintendents believe. Wesley invented the small group (well, rediscovered them after 1300 years of Christianity ignoring them) to combat the disconnect between the clergy in the Church of England and the common folk. Our lay leadership (in the south, at least) is strong and doing a great job of leading congregations.
So why continue to support a church that differs so greatly from your own core beliefs?
>>So why continue to support a church that differs so greatly from your own core beliefs?
It doesn’t. “The Church” is the people and Christ. In the UMC, a pastor is not even a member of a local church. The Bishop has no effect on me and even the District Superintendent is someone I only speak to once a year at Charge Conference.
So, why stay? Because I believe in the Wesleyan theology and practices in my worship.