Leaders say battle is ever-present
The Rev. Anthony Jordan, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, said Southern Baptists are just as appalled today as they were 40 years ago by the court ruling legalizing abortion.
“The unleashing of the destructive forces of abortion on the unborn, and the women who bore them, has left an indelible scar on our nation,” Jordan said. “It is mind boggling when you consider that an estimated more than 55 million children have been torn from their mothers' wombs in a violent act of death.”
Jordan said Oklahoma Baptists have stood upon the Bible in speaking out for the sanctity of human life.
In doing so, they have helped protect the unborn by providing pregnancy counseling centers — “places of hope” — for those facing unplanned pregnancies, he said.
Meanwhile, the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, said Roman Catholics will continue to denounce abortion because it takes away life created by God.
“We believe at the moment of conception, God creates a human being,” he said.
“We believe God has given this life, and it is not our right to terminate that life.”
Coakley said Christians should protect life. One of the Ten Commandments teaches that “Thou shall not kill,” he said.
“We believe life is to be protected, especially, the most innocent of lives,” Coakley said.