Vote Backs Next Pro-Life Frontier?!

( – In a new step that seems to define the next pro-life frontier, the Southern Baptist Convention, which stands as the most substantial and politically influential Protestant denomination in the United States, has formally declared its opposition to in vitro fertilization (IVF).

This stance may herald a significant shift within conservative circles against IVF, marking it as a pivotal issue for many evangelicals, anti-abortion activists, and other social conservatives, pro-left news outlet Politico writes in a report.

It adds they view it as a critical battleground in the “pro-life” movement, one they believe could lead to future state and federal restrictions or outright prohibitions of IVF.

Amidst this backdrop, Democratic leaders in Washington are seizing the opportunity to exploit divisions within the Republican Party by scheduling a vote on legislation aimed at safeguarding IVF.

Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump is navigating complex waters as he tries to formulate a stance that resonates with evangelicals on abortion and other reproductive health matters, especially in a landscape transformed by the post-Roe v. Wade era, Politico writes further.

It notes that the practice of IVF has been placed under intense scrutiny following the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision two years ago.

Critics on the right argue that the procedure, which often involves discarding fertilized eggs, contradicts their beliefs about the commencement of life.

Despite these objections, IVF remains a popular method among millions of Americans for family expansion, enjoying broad support from a majority of evangelicals.

Brent Leatherwood, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission—the public policy arm of the SBC—commented, “It’s going to be a long process. It took us 50 years to take down Roe. It may take us a similarly long time frame to get people to a place where they are thinking more deeply about something like this. It’s okay. It takes time. We have to be patient.”

The resolution passed by nearly 11,000 delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting asserts that IVF “most often participates in the destruction of embryonic human life” and urges Southern Baptists to endorse and “only utilize reproductive technologies” that uphold “the unconditional value and right to life of every human being.”

Although the resolution is nonbinding, it could exert substantial influence on nearly 13 million Southern Baptists across 45,000 churches, prompting discussions led by pastors or during personal consultations to discourage the use of IVF.

Historically, while the Catholic Church has consistently opposed IVF, many Protestant denominations have not prioritized it, even as they have vocalized their beliefs regarding the sanctity of life in relation to abortion.

This dynamic appears to be evolving, particularly following a ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court in February which granted full personhood rights to frozen embryos created via IVF.

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