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Oklahoma faith leaders discuss abortion

Prominent Roman Catholic and Southern Baptist faith leaders in Oklahoma discuss their opposition to abortion.
by Carla Hinton Modified: January 19, 2013 at 12:27 am •  Published: January 21, 2013

Roman Catholics and Southern Baptists have worked in various ways to eradicate abortion, but the two groups come together each February for Rose Day, a sanctity-of-life rally at the state Capitol.

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.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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