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You shared with us your concern about a statement made in the CHRISTIAN WORKER'S HANDBOOK. Let us clarify that the current edition reads: "Even sincere Christians may differ on whether or not abortion is ever justified, especially in difficult situations such as rape or incest, or when tests reveal that the unborn child has severe abnormalities."
In his "My Answer" column, Mr. Graham has stated: "I am opposed to abortion, except possibly in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother's life is at stake. I oppose the casual approach to abortion that is so common today, and I believe it is one of the most serious sins of the modern world in the eyes of God." Please note the word "possibly" in Mr. Graham's statement. This is not a recommendation, but a recognition that under certain very limited situations, it might be necessary. You may want to read the portion of Mr. Graham's book STORM WARNING entitled "The Abortion Holocaust." It deals more extensively with his perspective. In the book, he notes, "The Bible makes it clear that God sees the unborn infant not as a piece of superfluous tissue, but as a person created by Him for life." Mr. Graham strongly opposes "abortion on demand" and was instrumental in the founding of the ministry of Care Net, the largest evangelical network of crisis pregnancy centers. Their ministry seeks to provide the most accessible and effective abortion alternatives possible.
Mr. Graham believes that the spiritual condition of man is at the root of the abortion issue. Until man's spiritual condition is changed by the power of Jesus Christ, we will not find a full solution to this problem. It is sin that produces the problem of most unwanted pregnancies, as well as all the other disorders which plague the human race. It is also sin which produces the misbelief that women have a "right" to take the lives of unborn babies.
Life is sacred, and we must seek to protect all human life: the unborn, the child, the adult, and the aged. Several Bible passages tell of the sacredness of life and speak to the subject of abortion. They include Exodus 20:13, 21:22, 23:7; Job 10:8-12; Psalms 22:10, 51:5, 127:3, 139:13-16; Isaiah 44:1-2, 49:5; Jeremiah 1:4-5. All expectant mothers who face difficult issues should prayerfully consider the teaching of Scripture and competent Christian medical and pastoral counsel.
We hope these thoughts provide clarification.
Lori A. Perz
Christian Guidance Department
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association