Southern Baptists used to be pro-life. Not anymore.
In June of 2021, the Southern Baptist Convention held its annual meeting in Nashville. The main issue of many of the “messengers” who came to Nashville was the potential for a “takeover” of the denomination by an ultra-conservative faction. Their hopes to install a reactionary President of the convention were stymied and their effort to take over the nation’s largest Protestant denomination was stymied- for now.
While one effort by the ultra-conservatives failed, another effort passed. Among the many resolutions passed at the meeting was one called, “On Abolishing Abortion.” The gist of the resolution was pretty straightforward: “immediate abolition of abortion without exception or compromise.”
The resolution came forward with nine co-authors-all men. The text of the resolution was as uncompromising as it billed itself. “We will not embrace an incremental approach alone to ending abortion because it challenges God’s Lordship over the heart and the conscience, and rejects His call to repent of sin completely and immediately,” Reads one sentence. “We affirm that the murder of preborn children is a crime against humanity that must be punished equally under the law,” Says another. The message was clear, abortion is murder, a grave sin against God. Because it was such a grave sin, there can be no exceptions — no abortions for rape or incest and definitely no abortions if the mother’s life is endangered. How can there be if abortion is considered as one person described it, child sacrifice?
If you look at the resolution, you might notice that something is missing from the resolution: women.