The United Methodist Church voted to sever ties with an interfaith abortion advocacy group, ending an affiliation that has existed for more than four decades.
Delegates at the UMC’s General Conference passed a proposal Thursday ending the Mainline Protestant denomination’s ties to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
“RCRC is a one-sided political lobby that opposes all disapproval or limitation of abortion,” read the proposal, which was adopted in the vote of 425 ayes to 268 nays.
“RCRC’s advocacy often directly contradicts our social principles on abortion, but it still uses our Church’s name. Several annual conferences and many United Methodist leaders have urged the Church to end all association with RCRC.”
Founded the same year as the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 decision Roe v. Wade, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice was originally named the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights.
“While our member organizations and individual supporters are religiously and theologically diverse, they are unified in the commitment to preserve reproductive choice [abortion] as a basic part of religious liberty, and to be a collective, religious voice for reproductive justice,” stated the RCRC on their website.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post