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May Pomeroy, Fargo, Published March 25 2013

Letter: Clarification needed on Methodist stance

Rep. Bette Grande, R-Fargo, and I have this in common: We are both committed Christian women and we both belong to United Methodist Churches in Fargo.

During the debate over abortion legislation, I believe that the position of the United Methodist Church has been misrepresented.

The official church position on abortion is as follows:

“Our belief in the sanctity of unborn human life makes us reluctant to approve abortion. But we are equally bound to respect the sacredness of the life and well-being of the mother, for whom devastating damage may result from an unacceptable pregnancy … we recognize tragic conflicts of life with life that may justify abortion, and in such cases we support the legal option of abortion under proper medical procedures. … Governmental laws and regulations do not provide all the guidance required by the informed Christian conscience. Therefore, a decision concerning abortion should be made only after thoughtful and prayerful consideration by the parties involved, with medical, pastoral, and other appropriate counsel.”