“State-by-state, mother-by-mother, heart-by-heart we will continue our sacred work,” says Barber
FARMERSVILLE, TX – Bart Barber, pastor and newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant denomination, provided comments today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the abortion case, Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization:
“Southern Baptists rejoice at the ruling that the United States Supreme Court has delivered today in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
Since 1980, the Southern Baptist Convention has passed more than 20 resolutions on the question of abortion. We have consistently held these principles:
That from the moment of conception until the moment of natural death all human beings are made in the image of God.
That every human being is valuable and deserves to be loved and protected, regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, socio-economic status, disability, intelligence, or utility to society.
That elective abortion should be prohibited by law except in cases wherein the life of the mother is endangered by carrying the baby to term.
That expectant mothers facing difficult circumstances deserve the love and support of the church, the community, and society.
These principles have motivated both our consistent support of the pro- life movement and our consistent support of crisis pregnancy centers, ministries to low-income families, foster-care and adoption agencies, and other ministries of mercy to people in need.
As we stated just days ago in a resolution at our 2022 Annual Meeting, in a post-Roe United States, “We commit to stand with and pray for abortion-vulnerable women, to eliminate any perceived need for the horror of abortion, and to oppose Planned Parenthood and other predatory organizations or institutions who exploit vulnerable women for profit.” State-by-state, mother-by-mother, heart-by-heart, we will continue our sacred work toward this goal.”
Barber was elected President of the Southern Baptist Convention June 14 in Anaheim, CA. More information about Barber can be found here.
The Southern Baptist Convention is America’s largest Protestant denomination, with nearly 14 million members and a network of over 50,000 cooperating congregations.