Did you know that:
A Dallas Seminary professor, writing in a 1968 edition of Christianity Today, said that "God does not regard the fetus as a soul" and the "destruction of the fetus is not a capital offense."
An evangelical magazine called Christian Life said that the Bible distinguished the value of a fetus and an adult.
In 1971 the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution "affirming abortion should be legal not only to protect the life of the mother, but to protect her emotional health as well."
What happened to make evangelicals so pro-life today? Jonathan Dudley explains at CNN. Here is a taste:
These stalwart evangelical institutions and leaders would be heretics
by today’s standards. Yet their positions were mainstream at the time,
widely believed by born-again Christians to flow from the unambiguous
teaching of Scripture.
Televangelist Jerry Falwell spearheaded the reversal of opinion on
abortion in the late 1970s, leading his Moral Majority activist group
into close political alliance with Catholic organizations against the
In contrast to evangelicals, Catholics had mobilized against abortion
immediately after Roe v. Wade. Drawing on mid-19th century Church
doctrines, organizations like the National Right to Life Committee
insisted a right to life exists from the moment of conception.
As evangelical leaders formed common cause with Catholics on topics
like feminism and homosexuality, they began re-interpreting the Bible as
teaching the Roman Catholic position on abortion.
Falwell’s first major treatment of the issue, in a 1980 book chapter
called, significantly, “The Right to Life,” declared, “The Bible clearly
states that life begins at conception… (Abortion) is murder according
to the Word of God.”
With the megawatt power of his TV presence and mailing list, Falwell
and his allies disseminated these interpretations to evangelicals across