1983 Statement – PC(USA), p. 370

[The 195th General Assembly (1983)] recognize[d] that the issue of teenage pregnancy and premarital sexual activity is sometimes confused with the abortion issue itself . . . . We express our concern by requesting the appropriate agency, pursue a study of teenage sexuality and responsibilities in light of the covenant of creation.

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Violence and Pro-Choice (USCJ)

WHEREAS, the differences in religious beliefs, vis-à-vis the issue of abortion, have led to intolerance, violence and, in some instances, murder, by those who do not agree with the right of a woman to freely make her own reproductive choices; and

WHEREAS, the same element of the American population has continually pressured for legislation to restrict the ability of all women, regardless of their financial ability, to make their own reproductive choices, and

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Support for Reproductive Health Care Workers (USCJ)

WHEREAS, The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism is a member of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice; and

WHEREAS, Drs. David Gunn, Wayne Patterson, John Britton and Barnett Slepian and other reproductive health care workers have been murdered by opponents of legal abortion while others have suffered bodily injury at their hands; and

WHEREAS, The United Synagogue is outraged at this loss of life and is greatly concerned about the threat to others.

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1995 Statement on Abortion (#2)

PC(USA), p. 708

The 207th General Assembly:

1. Affirm[s] past PC(USA) General Assembly actions, stating our clear position against violence at women’s health clinics and expressing our grief and outrage over clinic deaths that result from anti-abortion activity.

2. Encourage[s] Presbyterians and others to use language and images responsibly, monitoring our corporate and personal language, imagery and activities, especially in reference to abortion , to avoid stimulating or encouraging violence or appearing to condone violent behavior.

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Item 10-04. Monitoring Report on the Implementation of the Problem Pregnancies and Abortion Policies with Recommendations.

The 217th General Assembly (2006) approved this item with amendments:

Monitoring Report on the Implementation of the Problem Pregnancies and Abortion Policies with Recommendations

The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) recommends that the 217th General Assembly (2006) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.):

1. Receive this “Monitoring Report on the Implementation of the Problem Pregnancies and Abortion Policies.”

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Item 10-03. On Standing Clearly Against the Practice of Abortion While Extending the Love of Christ to Those Who Have Suffered Its Practice-From the Presbytery of Mississippi

In response to Item 10-03, the 217th General Assembly (2006 approved the following alternate resolution:

To commend the Presbytery of Mississippi for its use of group discernment concerning abortion , and recommend that all presbyteries create task forces to replicate their process of prayer and study, that hearts and minds may be open to God’s wisdom through Scripture, other resources, and one another, and to direct the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly to communicate this action to the presbyteries.

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