Today being the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade, I thought I’d share this recent analysis by Pew Research on the positions of various religions. Something I personally find interesting is that even though The Episcopal Church is often considered to be one of the more liberal churches, in fact it only actually condones the procedure in cases of rape, incest, to protect the health of the mother, or in cases of fetal abnormalities. But forbids abortion for birth control. I had read this about TEC here on CAF before. But given the church’s reputation for being one of the more liberal churches, I wonder how many non Episcopalians were actually aware of the TEC actual official position.
Actually the UCC, ELCA, and PCUSA appear to hold more liberal views than TEC. UCC supports the right of women to a safe abortion. According to Pew, ELCA does not believe abortion should be illegal until viability. After that point, then only legal to protect the life of the mother or in cases of fetal abnormalities. And PCUSA though disapproving of abortion as a means of birth control or for convenience, seeks to maintain within its fellowship those who, after study of Scripture and prayer, come to diverse conclusions on the issue.
Several other non Catholic POV as well as the Catholic POV are explained. Just for those interested in reading and learning about the various POV and beliefs.