Delegates to the United Methodist Church’s general conference on Friday voted “to repeal the denomination’s 40-year-old official resolution supporting Roe v. Wade,” Christianity Today reported Saturday morning.
“In our system, resolutions automatically expire after eight years unless a General Conference re-adopts them,” Christianity Today magazine quoted John Lomperis, the United Methodist staffer at the Institute on Religion and Democracy.
“The New York national headquarters submitted a petition to this General Conference to not only re-adopt this resolution, but also to amend it to make it even more strongly supportive of abortion,” Mr. Lomperis noted of the 310 to 455 vote on reauthorization.
The move comes a day after delegates to the quadrennial church gathering voted to end their partnership with the pro-choice advocacy group the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC).
“Members of the United Methodist Church are less likely to support abortion than other mainline Protestants,” Christianity Today noted, citing polling data to that effect. The polling data show Methodists are more favorable to abortion than evangelical Christians broadly.
The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), home to many such evangelicals, has long held a conservative stand on abortion. At their 2015 convention, SBC delegates approved a resolution stating that they reaffirmed their “repudiation of the genocide of legalized abortion in the United States and call on civil authorities to enact laws that defend the lives of the unborn.”