Salvation Army bell ringers are as much a part of the Christmas season as carols and gift wrapping, with their red kettles and the cheerful sound of their bells greeting us almost everywhere we go.
And yet it’s the very ubiquity of bell ringers that prompts us to remind you of a not so cheerful fact: The Salvation Army supports abortion in some cases.
Here is the official position on abortion from the Salvation Army International website (keep in mind that “termination” is a euphemism for abortion, which is the direct, intentional killing of a pre-born human being):
The Salvation Army recognizes tragic and perplexing circumstances that require difficult decisions regarding a pregnancy. Decisions should be made only after prayerful and thoughtful consideration, acknowledging the tremendous pressures that occur during an unexpected pregnancy. There is a responsibility on all involved to give the parents of the unborn child, particularly the woman, appropriate pastoral, medical and other counsel. The Salvation Army believes that termination can occur only when
- Carrying the pregnancy further seriously threatens the life of the mother; or
- Reliable diagnostic procedures have identified a foetal abnormality considered incompatible with survival for more than a very brief post natal period.
In addition, rape and incest are brutal acts of dominance violating women physically and emotionally.This situation represents a special case for the consideration of termination as the violation may be compounded by the continuation of the pregnancy.
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Also, it is worth pointing out that the Salvation Army also promotes contraception. Here’s their position:
A serious commitment to the protection and care of the unborn calls us to a commitment to the prevention of unwanted pregnancy through means such as access to reliable birth control, safety in relationships, and societal respect of women.
There you have it. We recognize the Salvation Army does many valuable things, and that many good, pro-life people are involved with this organization. Still, we feel it is important for our supporters to know that the Salvation Army holds these positions officially.