The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Abortion anniversary

It's been 25 years since the Supreme Court ruled a woman has a right to terminate a pregnancy--the moral struggle continues

As the nation reflects on the Jan. 22, 1973, anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decree that said the right to abortion is protected by the U.S. Constitution, Nycklemoe says it's time to study the ELCA statement.

Why? Because the document can lead people past society's labels of pro-choice and pro-life. "The task force was stuck with those same categories," Nycklemoe recalls. "When James Burtness [Luther Seminary] wrote on the board, 'A developing life in the womb does not have an absolute right to be born, nor does a pregnant woman have an absolute right to terminate a pregnancy,' it was a watershed. We could agree on that."

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