The United Methodist Church on abortion and human fruitfulness

Some of us have relatives and friends who are part of the United Methodist Church. Here’s what that church teaches…

Concerning abortion:

…Our belief in the sanctity of unborn human life makes us reluctant to approve abortion…We recognize tragic conflicts of life with life that may justify abortion, and in such cases we support the legal option of abortion…

WHEREAS, The United Methodist Church was a founding member of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice in 1973; and…
WHEREAS, the Religious Coalition supports the right of all persons to have access to…abortion services…

Concerning God’s command to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth:

…the reduction of current world population growth rates [has] become imperative. People have the duty to consider the impact on the total world community of their decisions regarding childbearing and should have access to information and appropriate means to limit their fertility, including voluntary sterilization…

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