Pro-Choice Pullback

Like other mainstream Protestants, the Presbyterians rethink abortion

ABORTION IS NO LONGER A "CATHOLIC ISSUE" IN THE U.S. -- if it ever was. Last September the biggest Lutheran body adopted a moderate pro-life policy. Two months ago, the Southern Baptist Convention filed its first joint Supreme Court brief alongside Catholics, urging abolition of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. The United Methodist Church almost pulled out of a pro-choice lobby it helped establish.

Then, last week, the Presbyterian Church (membership: 2.8 million) expressed second thoughts about the pro-choice stand it took even before the Supreme Court did. Presbyterian delegates in Milwaukee said secular law should still...

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