Last night, as part of my series on the basics of Christian faith, I posted a longish article on abortion. It seemed appropriate. But in re-reading it, I was displeased with the piece.
So, as kind of an excursus, I'm presenting a link to a 1980 statement from the American Lutheran Church (ALC). The ALC was a predecessor body that became part of the current Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). While the ALC document has been supplanted by a later statement from the ELCA, I have always counted it as the most satisfactory statement on abortion ever produced by Lutherans in America.
I'm also presenting a 1976 study document from the ALC, which gives Biblical and theological insights on the issue.
Anything that I write won't surpass the faithfulness or quality of these two documents.
Abortion: A Statement of Judgement and Conviction, A Resolution of The American Lutheran Church (1980)
Abortion: A Statement of The American Lutheran Church (1976)