Genetics & you
In a discussion of genetics, there are places that conversation about abortion becomes relevant.
As scientists, politicians and others weigh in on embryonic stem cell research, opinions on abortion often enter the dialogue. Also, would-be parents may find themselves in a position to consider abortion after certain results in fetal genetic testing.
The 1991 Churchwide Assembly adopted a social statement on abortion, parts of which are excerpted below. See www.elca.org/socialstatements/abortion/ or call the Division for Church in Society at (800) 638-3522, Ext. 2710, for the full statement.
• "Human life in all phases of its development is God-given and, therefore, has intrinsic value, worth and dignity. Guided by God's Law, which orders and preserves life, human beings are called to respect and care for the life that God gives."
• "The strong Christian presumption is to preserve and protect life. Abortion ought to be an option only of last resort."
• "There are circumstances of extreme fetal abnormality, which will result in severe suffering and very early death of an infant. In such cases, after competent medical consultations, the parent(s) may responsibly choose to terminate the pregnancy. Whether they choose to continue or to end such pregnancies, this church supports the parent(s) with compassion, recognizing the struggle involved in the decision."
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