I have a question on Adventist teaching that I am hoping our Adventist friends will address.
In the Bible, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament, we are taught to follow the Lord`s commandment “Thou shall not kill.”
Yet the Adventist Church permits abortion. Abortions are performed in Adventist hospitals. And when we examine official Adventists teachings, we see that abortion is permited.
"The final decision whether to terminate the pregnancy or not should be made by the pregnant woman after appropriate consultation. " (adventist.org/beliefs/guidelines/main_guide1.html)
In contrast, the Catholic Church teaches that killing an unborn child violates God`s commandment.
The Catholic Church opposes abortion under any circumstance because life begins at conception. Among the reasons the Catholic Church teaches this can be found in the following Scripture.
Isaiah 49: 1, 5 The LORD called me from birth, from my mother’s womb he gave me my name. For now the LORD has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb, That Jacob may be brought back to him and Israel gathered to him; And I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD, and my God is now my strength!
Luke 1:39-44 39 During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Isaiah 42:2, 24 Thus says the LORD who made you, your help, who formed you from the womb: Fear not, O Jacob, my servant, the darling whom I have chosen. Thus says the LORD, your redeemer, who formed you from the womb: I am the LORD, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens; when I spread out the earth, who was with me?
Ecclesiastes 11:5 Just as you know not how the breath of life fashions the human frame in the mother’s womb, So you know not the work of God which he is accomplishing in the universe.
Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.
Hosea 12: 2-4Ephraim chases the wind, ever pursuing the gale. His lies and falsehoods are many: he comes to terms with Assyria, and carries oil to Egypt. The LORD has a grievance against Israel: he shall punish Jacob for his conduct, for his deeds he shall repay him. In the womb he supplanted his brother, and as a man he contended with God;
Wisdom of Solomon 7: 1-3 I too am a mortal man, the same as all the rest, and a descendant of the first man formed on earth. And in my mother’s womb I was molded into flesh in a ten-months’ period-body and blood, from the seed of man, and the pleasure that accompanies marriage. And I too, when born, inhaled the common air, and fell upon the kindred earth; wailing, I uttered that first sound common to all.
Sirach 49:7 for they had treated him badly who even in the womb had been made a prophet, To root out, pull down, and destroy, and then to build and to plant.