support “Responsible Parenthood.” That resolution, in the United Methodist Book of Resolutions since 1976, addresses the right to use birth control, including abortion. Those two votes did not change the church’s official stand on abortion, however.The United Methodist Social Principles recognize “tragic conflicts of life with life” that may justify abortion, but reject abortion as means of
birth control, gender selection or eugenics, as well as the use of late-term abortion.
Closer to pro-life
However, many United Methodists and other faith leaders saw the defeat of those two petitions as moving the church closer to a pro-life stance. “This is a necessary and good step towards affirming that the unborn are persons of sacred worth. This also shows the United Methodist Church moving away from other liberal, declining, ‘mainline’ denominations to embrace a new