Roe, legalizing abortion in 1973, caused Baptists to embrace life
The U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision not only awakened Southern Baptists eventually to the gruesome reality of abortion but helped power what came to be known as their convention's Conservative Resurgence, two longtime observers say.
America will reach the 40th anniversary of legalized abortion Jan. 22. On that date, pro-life advocates will grieve and abortion rights defenders will celebrate Roe, the opinion that â€“- coupled with a companion ruling, Doe v. Bolton -â€“ had the effect of striking down all abortion restrictions and legalizing the procedure nationwide for virtually any reason at any stage of pregnancy.
When the high court issued those decisions jointly in 1973, Southern Baptists were either uninformed or misguided -â€“ and consequently unengaged -- at the grass roots but supportive of abortion rights at the institutional level and through the resolution process, Richard Land and...
"When the high court issued those decisions jointly in 1973, Southern Baptists were ... supportive of abortion rights at the institutional level and through the resolution process"
The SBC is all that's left of the mighty Mainlines. All the rest have fallen on their feminist errancy swords. Now it's being revealed that Planned Parenthood could have written the Southern Baptist abortion resolutions through the 70s and 80s.
Who can dare point a bony finger of indignation at anyone else when the stench of incinerated baby parts exists because the SBC "work[ed] for legislation that will allow the possibility of abortion" (1971 SBC Resolution)?
How could any Baptist seminarian see a miscarriage and call the child a blob of tissue?
Why did they bequeath us this evil legacy?
How can anyone take the very complex doctrine of sola fide seriously if they couldn't even immediately get the real obvious life and personhood doctrines correct?