Yes our SDA hospitals do perform abortions, and on a very large scale. Some years ago a friend of mine was attending a question and answer session where Neal Wilson (the General Conference President) was answering some questions. He was asked: Why do our hospitals perform abortions? My friend heard him say that all our hospitals did abortions....and if we didn't perform them for the women, we would lose their business....so we may as well make the money off them...Back in the days of our pioneers we were definitely pro-life, but about 10 years before Roe v Wade it started to change. And this is where we are now.
Welcome Nic to the forum and thanks for your comments. I look forward to reading your doctoral dissertation on this topic which was posted above.What does this say about the church claiming to keep the commandments of God? Is not the 6th commandment at least as important as the 4th? Doing abortions for profit? God will judge these sins, and it is difficult to see how He can bless a church who compromises itself so seriously on an issue as important as this.Stan
A good friend of mine, Nic Samojluk wrote his Doctoral Dissertation on this very subject. "From Pro-life to Pro-choice: The Dramatic Shift in Seventh-day Adventists' Attitudes Towards Abortion" A Doctoral Dissertation by Nic Samojluk, Ph.D. http://sdaforum.ipower.com/page13.htmlNot only is it good reading, it's very enlightening. .......In answer to the original question, I would say yes.
... these pro-life declarations are again tempered and modified by a suggestion that
Hi, I know I'm late to the discussion but this moral failure if my church has been my greatest burden over the past 25 years. Other than perhaps brother Nic I probably have the largest private collection of SDA actions (and inactions) on abortion over that time period. I have been active as a letter writer,and have consistantly presented the sinfulness of this practice in my Sabbath School teaching responsabilities. I was an active member of the now defunct Adventists For Life often writing articles for the Pacific Union Recorder as representative of that organization. The first and only Crisis Pregnancy Center started and operated by Seventh-day Adventists was officially begun in the living room of my mother's condo in Grand Terrace,Ca. with George Lawson (now a Seventh Day Baptist pastor),Dr. Fred Bischoff, and Dr. Edgar Veymeister. I have an extensive collection of articles,position papers,letters to the editor,letters and reports, and other miscellaneous documentation of the struggle for the protection of the unborn within the SDA organization. And although the documented evidence overwhelming suggests that the greater portion of Adventists are pro-life it has been the pro-choice/pro-abortion (There is no pragmatic difference between the two,the defacto result is still the unrestrained killing of the unborn) position that the church has chosen to promote. It has effectively and actively repressed any public agitation of the subject and instead chosen to demonize (literally) those Christians who have been leading the fight to eliminate this "nafarious practice"(not my original quote). I am a computer pre-schooler so when something hapens to this format I have no idea what to do about it! I can't see what I'm typing becauseit's below the bottom box line so I'll try to add morelater. I'm out for now
Did you read the Appendices as well and the notes?