Now that the General Conference has officially approved the Biblical view of abortion, the question is: Will the LLUH accept the prolife document? If the past is prologue for the future, the answer is probably a big NO.
Back in 1970, when the Adventist Church accepted elective abortions, the leaders of the church drafted two sets of the Guidelines on Abortion: one for public consumption, and the other that was kept in secrecy for the use of our medical facilities.
Why two sets of the guidelines on killing? Because we wanted the public to believe that our church was prolife, while those connected with our medical institutions were aware that this was a mere façade. The truth was that our church embraced certain kinds of abortions for the sake of cursed profit.
The initial reaction to the Statement on Abortion approved on October 16 by the GC Executive Committee by some leading Adventist health professionals seems to be strong evidence that my prognosis might be unfortunately accurate.
Notice the reaction of Richard Hart, president of the Loma Linda University Health, at the recent Autumn Council:
“Hart, a physician, clarified that Loma Linda does not offer elective abortions, and went on to describe several critical medical conditions where termination of pregnancy may be necessary.”
First, Hart affirmed that LLUH does offer elective abortions. Is this statement accurate? It all depends on how we define the term “elective.” The context of Hart’s statement indicates that his definition excludes the so-called Therapeutic Abortions.
Dr. Hart made reference to “critical medical conditions where termination of pregnancy may be necessary,” which means that the killing of unborn babies is taking place at LLUH under special circumstances.
What are those special circumstances? One of them is probably when the pregnancy was due to rape. Notice the following observation by a leading Adventist scholar:
“Jiri Moskala, dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, while praising the document for its respect for life, and biblical principles, also offered suggestions for improvement. “This Statement is strangely silent about the most painful issue in regards to abortion, namely rape.”
The other “critical medical conditions” are probably pregnancies due to malformations, incest, the health of the woman and threats to the life of the mother. With the exception of saving the life of the mother, Does the Bible allow the killing of innocent human beings under those special medical conditions?
When one of the members of the GC Executive Committee asked why the Statement of Abortion made no reference to rape, the chairman of the Autumn Council responded:
“This document reflects the Biblical view of abortion. Rape is an act of violence. Responding with another act of violence is not Biblical.”
And he was right, because the Bible condemns the killing of a son for the sins of the father, but it seems that our health practitioners believe otherwise.
“Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. Each one shall be put to death for his own sin.” [Deuteronomy 24:16]
Another strong evidence that this new abortion document by the church is probably a mere window dressing is the lack of remorse for the past sins of the church. The statistics presented at the Autumn Council included only one year. There were no statistics for the abortions performed for the almost five decades that preceded it.
According to recent statistics performed by Adventist researchers, said number of victims of abortions by Adventists is estimated at between 300,000 and 3,000,000. The lack of remorse, confession, and sense of guilt, is evidence that no real change will likely take place once the church leaders issue the new Hospital Protocols due to replace the current Guidelines on Abortion. Let’s hope and pray that my prognosis is wrong!
If you can spare the time, please watch the following short video created by Adventist Prolifer Andrew Michell:
“Refuting Dr. Richard Hart, President of Loma Linda University”