This is the season of the year when Salvation Army volunteers are
on the streets and outside stores ringing their bells to encourage
donors to fill their red kettles with money for the poor. The longtime
Christian organization provides food, shelter, elderly services,
disaster relief, prisoner rehabilitation and many other forms of aid.
But it also has adopted a position statement that is a step toward
abortion, and pro-life leaders are expressing alarm at what they see
its statement on abortion, the Salvation Army says: "A number
of biblical and theological principles underpin The Salvation Army's
position on abortion. …
"180," the DVD that shows how when confronted with the facts
of abortion, people do a "180" turn to oppose the procedure.
"The Salvation Army believes in the sanctity of human life.
Humankind was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). All people
– without exception – are of value to him, holding a special place
in his creation (Psalm 8:5), irrespective of age, gender, race,
religion, health or social status, or their potential for
But it also states, "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."
Specifically, it says the Salvation Army "believes that
termination [abortion] can occur only when carrying the pregnancy
further seriously threatens the life of the mother; or reliable
diagnostic procedures have identified a fetal abnormality considered
incompatible with survival for more than a very brief post natal