Tuesday, February 2, 2010

President's Message on Life

Statement issued for 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade
January 20, 2010

Friday, January 22, marks the 37th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that altered how our nation had valued life for the previous 200 years. Abortion has caused nearly 51 million deaths since 1973, when medically assisted termination of a pregnancy was declared legal.

Yet this solemn anniversary also gives us reason to hope as throngs of people will converge on our nation's capital – as they have each of the past 37 years – to call for repeal of the Roe v. Wade decision.

We thank the LCMS Lutherans who will join an anticipated crowd of more than 200,000 pro-life marchers on this day to worship, to pray, and to share with the nation the truth of God's Word that life begins at conception. This year, their presence in Washington, D.C., is more important than ever as Congress considers health care legislation that could allow the use of taxpayer money to fund abortions.

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has consistently affirmed and given thanks to God for the miracle of human life from conception until natural death and fought for its preservation. We have also taken action through international and domestic programs to demonstrate our care and compassion for those who live on the other side of the world, for our neighbor down the street, and for the unborn in the womb.

As we reflect on the significance of this day, we boldly profess our belief that Christ Jesus sanctified all human life by His birth, life, death, and resurrection for all mankind. Both in our church body and in society at large, the LCMS remains committed to upholding the sanctity of human life and devoted to caring for those who are the most vulnerable and helpless among us.

Gerald B. Kieschnick
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

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