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The United Methodist Church is a Protestant denomination which supports legal abortion.

Pro-Abortion Position

The United Methodist Church encourages its churches and common society to engage in the following activities with the goal of encouraging "responsible parenthood":[1]

  • Safeguard the legal option of abortion under standards of sound medical practice
  • Make abortions available to women without regard to economic standards of sound medical practice, and make abortions available to women without regard to economic status;
  • Build understanding of the problems posed to society by the rapidly growing population of the world, and of the need to place personal decisions concerning childbearing in a context of the well-being of the community
  • Make provision in law and in practice for voluntary sterilization as an appropriate means, for some, for conception control and family planning

These principles were adopted in 1976, amended and readopted in 1996, and again, readopted in 2004.

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

The United Methodist Church was a founding member of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice in 1973. As at 2004, the General Board of Church and Society and the Women's Division of the General Board of Global Ministries were members of the Coalition. The United Methodist 2004 General Conference went on record in support of the work of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and also affirmed the continued membership of the General Board of Church and Society and the Women's Division of the General Board of Global Ministries in the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.[2]

References

  1. UMC: Responsible Parenthood (accessed on Sep. 13, 2012)
  2. United Methodist Church: Support for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, 2004 (accessed on Sep. 13, 2012)

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