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1
Part II of the Doctoral Dissertation
  • From Pro-life to Pro-Choice The Dramatic Shift
    in Seventh-day Adventists Attitude Towards
    Abortion
  • By
  • Dr. Nic Samojluk

2
Reasons Behind my Doctoral Program
  • Values acquired while growing up in Argentina
  • The John Stevens article shock
  • The LLU church bulletin shock
  • The Adventist Review disappointment
  • The Spectrum Adventist Today discovery

3
My Basic Aim? To Save One Life
4
Or perhaps More?
  • To save more than one!

5
I. The Broken Blueprint
  • How the Original Blueprint Envisioned by Ellen
    White John Burden was Derailed by Percy Magan
    Arthur Daniels

6
Reason Behind the Blueprint
  • The reason behind the blueprint was the sad
    experience of an extremely ambitious and selfish
    man named John Harvey Kellogg

7
Reason Behind the Blueprint
  • The Kellogg Battle Creek experiment
  • A mammoth size medical institution
  • A strong desire to compete with the world
  • The search for worldly accreditation
  • A Heavy indebtedness by J.H. Kellogg
  • A tremendous financial loss
  • No major benefit to the rest of the world
  • The net result? The total loss of two
    institutions to the church

8
The People Behind the Blueprint
  • The people behind the blueprint were Ellen G.
    White and John Burden, the man who placed the
    initial 1,000 dollars down payment for the Loma
    Linda property

9
Elements of the Original Blueprint
  • No mammoth size medical institutions
  • No major trauma medical centers
  • No attempts to compete with the world
  • No expensive buildings and equipments
  • No attempts to seek accreditation
  • No expensive medical treatments

10
Elements of the Original Blueprint
  • No medical institutions within major cities
  • No medical institution in Los Angeles
  • Short medical training for medical evangelists
  • Limited number of Adventists seeking degrees from
    non SDA institutions
  • Strong emphasis on medical missionary work

11
Elements of the Original Blueprint
  • Natural remedies free from drugs
  • Small sanitariums around the world
  • Purchase of land around our institutions
  • Placement of our schools and sanitariums away
    from the crowded cities
  • Simple treatments coupled with the teaching of a
    healthful lifestyle

12
How the Blueprint was Derailed
  • Following Ellen White's death, Percy Magan and
    Arthur Daniells
  • got rid of John Burden,
  • pushed aside the blueprint,
  • sought the accreditation of the school,
  • replaced the use of natural remedies with drugs,
  • were forced to hire non-Adventist teachers and
    physicians,
  • incurred heavy financial indebtedness,
  • and began the extremely expensive long journey of
    competition with the world. There were no funds
    left for building the lifestyle sanitariums
    around the world envisioned by E.G. White
  • The Broken Blueprint, www.sdaforum.com/page187.htm
    l

13
The Heavy Price of Accreditation
  • Accreditation did not come cheap, either
    financially, morally, or doctrinally.
  • It almost bankrupted the church
  • Expensive buildings had to be erected
  • AMA forced the hiring of non-Adventists
  • Non-Adventists introduced evolution
  • Drug prescription replaced natural remedies
  • The Pro-life stance of SDA pioneers was replaced
    with therapeutic abortions including a mental
    exception
  • Morality took second place to expediency profit

14
Two Heartbroken Men
  • "Like John Harvey Kellogg,  He Arthur G.
    Daniells Was sold on the Spirit of Prophecy
    until the turn of the century, but, like Kellogg,
    he began thinking he could improve over the
    blueprint which God, through her Ellen White,
    was presenting to the church ... It was Daniells,
    more than any other single man on a church
    executive level outside Loma Linda, who rammed
    through its accreditation. But, just as Percy
    Magan later wept, so did Daniells. ... One
    evening, a medical student found him walking in
    the hallway. Daniells was weeping. Turning to the
    young man, in an agony of voice Arthur said,
    'Obey the Spirit Of Prophecy. I didn't and paid
    the price!'"
  • Vance Ferrell, The Broken Blueprint

15
II. A Pro-life Beginning
  • Were the early SDA pioneers Pro-life or
    Pro-choice?
  • Did they justify elective abortion?
  • Did they condone therapeutic abortions?
  • Did they believe that Jesus died to grant us
    freedom of choice regarding abortion?
  • Did they allow for the mental health exception?

16
These SDA Pioneers Were Pro-life!
  • James White, J. N. Andrews, John Harvey Kellogg,
    Ellen White, John Todd, others were all
    Pro-life individuals.

17
The Opinion of James White
  • many a man, who has as many children as he
    can support, instead of restraining his passions,
    aids in the destruction of the babes he has
    begotten. The sin lies at the door of both
    parents in equal measure for the father,
    although he may not always aid in the murder, is
    always accessory to it, in that he induces, and
    sometimes even forces upon the mother the
    condition which he knows will lead to the
    commission of the crime.
  • James White. Solemn Appeal (Battle Creek,
    Michigan Stem Press, 1870), 100.

18
Ellen G. White Opinion
  • Was also Pro-life, in spite of never have used
    the term abortion.

19
Ellen G. White Opinion
  • If the father would become acquainted with
    physical law, he might better understand his
    obligations and responsibilities. He would see
    that he had been guilty of almost murdering his
    children, by suffering so many burdens to come
    upon the mother,
  • White. Selected Messages, Vol. 2 (Washington,
    D.C. Review and Herald Publishing Association,
    1958), 429-430.

20
Ellen G. White Opinion
  • All acts of injustice that tend to shorten life
    . . . or any passion that leads to injurious acts
    towards others, or causes us even to wish them
    harm . . . all these are, to a greater or less
    degree, violations of the sixth commandment.
  • White. Patriarchs and Prophets (Washington,
    D.C. Review and Herald Publishing Association,
    1958), 316.

21
Did Ellen white talk About Abortion?
  • Mrs. White never used the term abortion.
  • She rather talked about almost murdering the
    unborn.
  • What is the difference?

22
The Opinion of Uriah Smith
  • Uriah Smith, long-term editor of SDA
    publications, did not address the abortion issue
    directly, but he stated

23
Should the Church be Silent on Abortion?
  • You show me a church that fails to take a stand
    on political issues that involve moral
    principles, and Ill show you a church that is
    spineless, irrelevant, and morally bankrupt. . .
    . No issue is too controversial for us to address
    and honestly in pages of our church paper.
  • Uriah Smith. Advent Review and Sabbath Herald.
    Quoted by P.A. Lorenz. Adventist for Life News,
    Vol. III, Issue 3. (n.d., Heritage Edition) 3.

24
Chapter II Statistical Analysis
25
III. A PRO-LIFE HERO
26
The Man Who Refused to Kill
  • Desmond Doss, the man who saved others
  • The man who dodged enemy bullets
  • The man who got almost court martialled
  • The man who refused to act in self defense

27
Was Awarded
  • The Congressional
  • Medal of Honor by
  • President Truman

28
IV. THE LEAST OF THESE
  • The following statement made by Jesus, inspired
    Curt Young to write a book about abortion.
    Chapter IV deals with this material.
  • Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the
    least of these . . . You have done it unto me.
  • Curt Young. The Least of These What Everyone
    Should Know About Abortion (Chicago, Illinois
    Moody Press, 1983), 1-220.

29
Do These Qualify as the Least
30
The Declaration of Independence
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Includes the Following Statement
  • "We hold these truths to be self evident, that
    all men are created equal, that they are endowed
    by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,
    that among these are Life, Liberty and the
    Pursuit of Happyness."
  • --Men then meant human beings!
  • --Do the unborn qualify as human beings?

32
Did Slaves Women Qualify?
  • Common sense would suggest that if all men are
    created equal, and entitled to
  • life then this right to life should include
  • the unborn, because the term men is a generic
    term for humans, and includes women and children.
    Besides, the term created seems to imply
    development which starts at conception.

33
Chief Justice Roger Taneys Opinion
  • They the slaves had for more than a century
    been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and
    altogether unfit to associate with the white
    race, either in social or political relations
    and so far inferior, that they had no rights
    which the white man was bound to respect and
    that the negro might justly and lawfully be
    reduced to slavery for his own benefit. He was
    bought and sold, and treated as an ordinary
    article of merchandise and traffic, whenever a
    profit could be made by it.
  • Curt Young. The Least of These What Everyone
    Should Know About Abortion (Chicago, Illinois
    Moody Press, 1983), 7.

34
Abraham Lincoln Disagreed
  • The result was the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and
    Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution,
    which specifically forbade slavery, granted
    former slaves the right to vote, and declared
    that no person would be deprived of life
    without due process of law.
  • The term person was designed to include all
    humans, and it was supposed to prevent any future
    attempt to deprive certain groups of people of
    their inalienable rights.

35
And Thanks to One Determined Man
  • The black slaves became members of the human
    race overnight.

36
Then in 1973 Nine Unelected Justices
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Of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Did what the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and
    Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution
    were supposed to prevent
  • They deprived a new group of human beings of
    personhood
  • The unborn ceased to be members of the human race.

38
Two Bad Legal Rulings
  • The similarity between the Roe v. Wade and the
    Dred Scott became unmistakable Just as Taney
    decreed that citizens in the Constitution did
    not include blacks, Blacknum decided person is
    en exclusive term as well, applying to everyone
    except the unborn.
  • Curt Young. The Least of These What Everyone
    Should Know About Abortion (Chicago, Illinois
    Moody Press, 1983), 16.

39
A Mysterious double Standard!
  • If the pregnant woman wants the unborn baby, the
    baby is protected. If not she is free to destroy
    the unborn.
  • Examples
  • --Lacy Peterson
  • --Jessie Davis
  • If abortion is not murder, why is it double
    murder when the pregnant woman is killed?

40
Single or Double Murder?
41
Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • 1. All persons born or naturalized in the
    United States, and subject to the jurisdiction
    thereof, are citizens of the United States and of
    the State wherein they reside. . . . nor shall
    any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or
    property, without due process of law nor deny to
    any person within its jurisdiction the equal
    protection of the laws.

42
Two Basic Legal Question
  • Is it fair to deprive the unborn of legal
    protection because they were not born yet?
  • If Yes, then are we free to take the life of
    illegal immigrants who were not born nor
    naturalized in the U.S. either?
  • If No, then why did we declare an open season
    for the killing of the unborn?

43
Planned Parenthood
  • Planned Parenthood, who in 1964 had printed a
    pamphlet which stated, Abortion kills the life
    of a baby, once it had begun, suddenly reversed
    their attitude and argued that abortion would
    prevent the raising of unwanted children, and
    would help in population control.
  • Curt Young. The Least of These What Everyone
    Should Know About Abortion (Chicago, Illinois
    Moody Press, 1983), 14.

44
Abortion for Population Control?
  • The same argument (population control) was used
    by Neal Wilson in 1970, then president of the
    North American Division and later on president of
    the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists,
    to justify the provision of elective abortion
    services in SDA hospitals.
  • The same reasoning was mirrored by LLU graduate
    Edward Allred, owner of over 20 California
    abortion clinics.

45
The Hippocratic Oath Thrashed
  • This required the thrashing of the Hippocratic
    Oath which stated
  • I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who
    asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to
    this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman
    an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will
    guard my life and my art.

46
Adventist Eschatology Abortion
  • Jesus stated that our destiny will be determined
    by the way we have treated the least of these.
    Matt. 25 31-46
  • Question We teach that the way we treat the
    Sabbath will determine our destiny. Is this what
    Jesus said about Judgment Day?

47
A Lesson from History
  • The Pharisees and Sadducees killed the Author of
    life and hurried to keep the Sabbath day.
  • We took the initiative in sanctioning the killing
    of the least of these but made sure we kept the
    Sabbath holy!
  • Can the Sabbath be holy if we profane the
    injunction forbidding the shedding of innocent
    blood?

48
Which Acts Offend God the Most?
  • Killing the innocent is one of the most offensive
    acts for God
  • This is where the pre-flood generation failed
  • This is where King Pharaoh erred when he ordered
    the drowning of Jewish children eventually
    perished by drowning
  • This is why the prophets condemned the shedding
    of innocent blood
  • This was Herods great sin he was eaten by
    worms
  • This is where the Jews failed when they crucified
    their Messiah
  • This was Hitlers worst morally detestable act
  • This is where our church failed when it led the
    way for the legalization of abortion

49
Protection for Newborns Denied!
  • Following the death of Infant Doe, President
    Reagan had the Human Services issue regulations
    requiring federally funded hospitals to post a
    notice asking for any person having knowledge of
    a baby being denied medical care to call the
    Handicapped Infant Hotline.
  • The American Academy of Pediatricians initiated a
    lawsuit, and Judge Gerhard Gessell determined
    that said regulation was arbitrary and
    capricious, and affirmed that newborns could be
    stripped of all legal rights to life on the basis
    of the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

50
Protection for Newborns Denied!
  • What this Pro-life president designed for the
    protection of the just born was nullified by an
    unelected judge.

51
Dietrich Bonhoeffers Appeal
  • Speak for those who cannot speak for themselves,
    for the rights of all who are destitute. Prov.
    318 NIV
  • This verse was quoted by Dietrich Bonhoeffer when
    he opposed Hitlers extermination of the Jews.

52
Martin Niemoeller summed up the Germans response
  • In Germany they came first for the Communists,
    and I didnt speak up because I wasnt a
    Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I
    didnt speak up because I wasnt a Jew. Then they
    came for the trade unionists, and I didnt speak
    up because I was not a trade unionist. Then they
    came for the Catholics, and I didnt speak up
    because I was a Protestant. Then they came for
    me, and by that time no one was left to speak
    up.
  • Curt Young. The Least of These What Everyone
    Should Know About Abortion (Chicago, Illinois
    Moody Press, 1983), 199.

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V. THE GREAT CONTROVERSY I
  • This great controversy title for this chapter
    was chosen because the battle between good and
    evil was fought and is being waged right now not
    so much about the Sabbath, but rather about the
    right to life of the unborn, and the death decree
    has been already issued--it was issued back in
    1973--but the victims are not those who worship
    God on the Sabbath, but rather those waiting for
    the privilege of being allowed to jump through
    the loop.

54
Source Material for Chapter V
  • The material for this Chapter and the next one
    was gleaned from the pages of Ministry, the
    international journal of the Seventh-day
    Adventist Ministerial Associationone of the most
    authoritative publication of the SDA
    denomination.

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This is Where the Abortion Battle was Fought
  • All the articles and readers comments dealing
    with the issue of abortion were examined and the
    authors were labeled as Pro-life, Pro-choice, or
    Pro-abortion.

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A Ministry Readers Comment
  • I am much saddened by George Gainers article
    on abortion (August 1991). It is not pleasant to
    note that for 20 years the overarching ethic that
    determines policy for our health-care
    institutions is money. . . . As a health-care
    worker I have worked in a Catholic hospital.
    Their stand on abortion has been firm all along.
    They are not going under because of their stand
    on abortion. Long ago the servant of the Lord
    wrote, The greatest want of the world is the
    want of men--men who will not be bought or sold.
    (Education p. 57) . . . Surely, as a church we
    carry a heavy load of guilt for our participation
    in abortion on demand.
  • Joseph L. Story, Letters Ministry (Apr.
    1992) 2.

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In Defense of Autonomy
  • In 1988 Ministry published an article written by
    Gerald Winslow entitled Abortion and Christian
    Principles.
  • Winslow was a professor of Christian Ethics at
    Loma Linda University at the time of his writing.
  • Gerald Winslow, Abortion and Christian
    Principles Ministry (May 1988) 12-16.

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Gerald Winslow Argument
  • We admit, argued Dr. Winslow, that the early
    stages of human development we do not have a
    person in the full sense of the word, and not
    even immediately after birth nevertheless, the
    destruction of a fetus after the point of
    viability should raise serious concerns. To this,
    we must add that the established human life
    should take precedence over the prepersonal human
    life and we should not forget the value of
    personal autonomy.
  • Gerald Winslow, Abortion and Christian
    Principles Ministry (May 1988) 12-16.

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Questions for Dr. Winslow
  • Does this mean that no serious concerns would
    have been raised if Mary had aborted Jesus before
    he reached the point of viability?
  • Autonomy means self law. Is Winslow suggesting
    that humans have the right to replace Gods Law
    with self rule?

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A Readers Reaction
  • Dr. Gerald Winslows article on abortion (May
    1988) presents many biblical principles (often
    with great skill and clarity), but offers as its
    bottom line and decisive principle a total
    unbiblical ultimate of personal autonomy. . . .
    These biblical terms do not defend personal
    autonomy, but condemn it, including autonomy over
    what one does with one owns body Do you not
    know that your body is a temple of the Holy
    Spirit . . ., and that you are not your own? For
    you have been bought with a price grace
    therefore glorify your God in your body
    freedom (1 Cor. 619,20 NASB).
  • Richard Fredericks, Letters Ministry (Sept.
    1988) 26.

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Is it Fair to Execute the Innocent?
  • According to what I read, the Seventh-day
    Adventist Church considers it all right to kill
    an unborn baby if the babys father was a certain
    kind of sinnera rapist or a child molester. It
    is also considered right to kill an unborn baby
    if its mother became sexually active when very
    young. Why should an unborn baby be put to death
    for its fathers or mothers sins?
  • Thomas Hamilton, Letters Ministry (Mar.
    1988) 2.

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A Call to Ignore Profit
  • I say amen to Richard Fredericks article Less
    than Human? in the March issue. . . . For a
    church whose beliefs are entirely based on the
    Bible and nothing but the Bible, the issue seems
    patently clear--abortion is murder and should be
    clearly recognized as such. The risk of loosing
    some popularity with the majority and loosing
    some of the business in our medical facilities
    are not reasons enough to renege on an issue that
    has such a humane and Christian answer.
  • Glen L. Wiltse, Letters Ministry (July 1988)
    30.

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Abortion the Hottest Ministry Topic
  • Our articles on abortion have touched a
    sensitive nerve. We are receiving more email on
    this subject than on any other recently published
    article. The letters are running 10 to 1 in favor
    of the church adopting a stricter standard. While
    many simply complain, others are doing something
    positive to help those wrestling with the
    decision of whether or not to have an abortion.
  • J. David Newman, First Glance Ministry (July
    1988) 3.

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Abortion Guidelines Criticized
  • I commend Ministry for . . . listing the
    abortion guidelines voted by General Conference
    officers in 1971 for Adventist medical
    institutions. However well intentioned, the
    guidelines unfortunately are flawed with
    euphemisms, vagueness, and lack of logic. The
    simple impairment of health qualification could
    be used to justify abortion for a woman who is
    experiencing depression because she is pregnant
    again or who is so under less-than-ideal
    circumstances.
  • Ken Blake, Letters Ministry (May 1988) 2,
    27.

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The Two Versions of Pro-Abortion
  • The proponents of abortion on demand have two
    almost identical versions of their Pro-abortion
    agenda. One is called Pro-abortion, and the other
    Pro-choice.
  • Like Mexican enchilada, their main ingredients
    are the same.
  • The main difference is that with Pro-choice, you
    embellish the program with the value of human
    life but end with abortion on demand as well.
  • The end result is the same a dead innocent baby!

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Chapter V Statistical Analysis
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VI. THE GREAT CONTROVERSY II
  • I cant but think of Mary. Still a teenager, not
    married, very poor, she declared she was pregnant
    by the Holy Spirit. What we would do with such a
    case today in our society that has become so
    permissive about the sacredness of life? Would we
    find her guilty of teenage sexual promiscuity?
    Would we diagnose her a schizophrenic with
    religious delirium? Would we find her too young,
    too immature, too poor, to raise a child
    properly? If because of her situation society
    told her to get an abortion, would we as a church
    remain silent? Could this abortion be carried out
    in an Adventist hospital? Could Christ, our Lord,
    be born in the cities of America?
  • Dennis Fortin, Letters Ministry (Sept.
    1988) 27.

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The Overcrowding Argument
  • The Christian View on Human Life Committee
    appointed by the General Conference met in
    Washington on April, 1989 to discuss the need of
    official SDA guidelines on abortion. One scholar,
    Dr. Carsten Johnsten, argued for an absolute
    position against abortion . . . Others responded
    by stating that our planet is already
    overcrowded, and that it is irresponsible to let
    children be born whose chances of suffering
    deprivation and abuse is undeniable.

69
How to Solve Overcrowding?
  • If our planet is overcrowded, how about killing
    the guilty instead of the innocent. Wouldnt
    killing the adulterers, fornicators, and rapists
    make more sense than killing the innocent?
  • Since when the mission of medical institutions
    has become killing instead of healing those who
    suffer, or rather killing those we think might be
    subject to suffering in the future?

70
Elective Abortion in SDA Hospitals
  • When I first heard and then confirmed that the
    hospitals of the Adventist Health System in North
    America were performing hundreds of abortions
    each year, my response was stunned disbelief. I
    was certain that the hospitals and physicians
    involved must be acting outside General
    Conference policy guidelines. I was wrong.
    Criterion No. five of the 1971 guidelines states
    that abortion is acceptable when for some reason
    the requirements of functional human life demand
    the sacrifice of the lesser potential human
    life.
  • George Gainer, Letters Ministry (May 1988)
    27.

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Opening the Door to Elective Abortions
  • Criterion No. fives some reason not only
    rendered superfluous the first four guidelines,
    and the principles on which they are based, but
    it tragically opened the door to elective
    abortion (i.e., on demand) in Adventist hospitals
    two years before the United States Supreme Court
    Roe v. Wade decision. The time has come to
    change the guidelines.
  • George Gainer, Letters Ministry (May 1988)
    27.

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A Non-Adventists Reaction
  • It does not surprise when a liberal mainline
    denomination like my own advocates a policy
    against life, but the Adventists--the paragon of
    healthcare, concern for others, adherence to the
    Scriptures? What about Thou shalt not kill?
  • Timothy Jessen, Letters Ministry (Sept.
    1988) 26.

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The Product of Rape
  • I know a person who is not a victim but the
    product of rape. This person is a child of God, a
    Seventh-day Adventist Christian. I wonder how
    this person feels, thinking that it was Gods
    will that he should have been aborted? . . . I
    think the Devil has pulled a fast one on us
    ethical Christians. Abortion has become our
    Achilles heel.
  • Letters Ministry (Sept. 1988) 27.

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A Double Standard on Life
  • We, as a church, take the stand that it is
    wrong to take anothers life. For this reason we
    strongly urge our young people to stay out of the
    military. We base this position on the
    commandment that states, Thou shalt not kill.
    Yet we dont seem to apply this same commandment
    when it comes to abortion. Isnt it strange that
    we can see clearly the application of this
    commandment to those already born but not see how
    it could possibly apply to the unborn?
  • Terry C. Grimm, Letters Ministry (Nov. 1988)
    30.

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For the Sake of Profit?
  • I read the preliminary Seventh-day Adventist
    statement on abortion (July 1990) and dont think
    much of the document. It is very weak. . . . Our
    institutions should be at the forefront of
    institutions that refuse to kill the unborn.
    Guidelines will be subject only to the economic
    concerns of doctors who perform life-terminating
    procedures in our institutions.
  • Hugo Meier, Letters Ministry (Nov. 1990) 29.

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Are SDA Priorities Out of Order?
  • When physical or mental health takes precedence
    over life, our priorities are out of order. When
    the fetuss not measuring up to our standards of
    perfection is grounds for taking its life, our
    priorities are out of order. When the
    circumstances of conception (rape or incest) are
    the determining factor, our priorities are out of
    order. When it comes to life-or-life situation,
    then and then only with much prayer abortion
    should be considered. Jesus said, Father, if it
    be possible, let this cup pass from me
    nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. We
    say, Father, please remove this cup from me. If
    you dont, then I will.
  • Van Ottey, Letters Ministry (Nov. 1990) 29.

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Capital Punishment Out of Whack!
  • It seems unbelievable to me that one person
    should be able to decide whether another living
    person shall continue to live or die. To my
    knowledge, our criminal justice system never
    gives the decision on capital punishment to one
    person.
  • R. W. OFfill, Letters Ministry (Nov. 1990)
    29.

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A Call for a Strong Stand on Abortion
  • I think that the church should take a strong
    stand against abortion. And I definitely believe
    our hospitals should not be allowed to perform
    abortions. The churchs wishy-washy way of
    dealing with abortions is causing people--in and
    out of the church--to loose respect for the
    church.
  • Sarah Endres, Letters Ministry (Feb. 1991)
    2.

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The Testimony of an Ex-pro-Choice Dr.
  • I believe the members of the committee should
    view ultrasonic pictures of a developing human
    being in the womb. It is this scientific
    development that led Dr. Bernard Nathanson, an
    atheist, head of one of the largest abortion
    clinics, to make the following statement I am
    deeply troubled by my own increasing certainty
    that I have in fact presided over 60,000 deaths.
    There is no longer serious doubt in my mind that
    human life exists within the womb from the very
    onset of pregnancy.
  • Clifford Laurell, Letters Ministry (Aug.
    1991) 28.

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Should Mental Health Justify Abortion?
  • I call on all SDA pastors and laypersons who
    feel strongly that the slaughter of the innocents
    in our hospitals must end to move as God directs
    them and to petition current church leaders to
    repudiate the liberalized abortion guidelines (as
    amended in 1971), and to reject the Christian
    View of Human life Committees draft statement
    (Ministry, 1990) that would add the pregnancys
    adverse effects on a womans mental health as
    another justification for abortion.
  • Kenneth B. Blake, Letters Ministry (Dec.
    1991) 2.

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Anti-abortion Pickets at a SDA Hospital
  • My head hangs in shame before all Christian
    leaders who receive Ministry. Are we not the
    remnant that keep the commandments? Is the sixth
    commandment less important than the fourth? In
    evangelism I have lost at least a dozen souls
    because of this inconsistency. Driving by
    Adventist hospitals and seeing anti-abortion
    picketers brings tears to my eyes. Especially
    sic when the Catholic or Baptist hospital down
    the road is known as a non-murdering
    facility.
  • Leo Schreven, Letters Ministry (Dec. 1991)
    27.

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An Incredible SDA Admission
  • Although I do not adhere to Catholic theology,
    I applaud that Catholic churchs stand on
    abortion. I challenge my church leadership to
    abolish administering abortions in all SDA
    facilities--at the very minimum, abortion on
    demand.
  • David F. Crawford, Letters Ministry (Dec.
    1991) 27.

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Should Profit Determine SDA Theology?
  • Upon reading the articles by Kis and Gainer, I
    didnt know what to think. Suppose during the
    past hundred years we had handled the fourth
    commandment from an economic standpoint, as we
    appear to be doing with the sixth now, would we
    have a Seventh-day Adventist Church today?
  • Jeremiah Florea, Letters Ministry (Dec.
    1991) 27.

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Are SDAs Sitting on the Fence?
  • The Ministry editors middle ground
    approach to abortion reflects the Adventist
    Churchs concept of Christianity--the middle of
    the road, or sitting on the fence--a cowardly
    position that disgraces Christ and makes the
    church saltless in an ever-increasingly evil and
    immoral world.
  • William L. Gutel, Letters Ministry (Jan.
    1993) 30.

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