Thirty-nine pro-life [sic] Christian pastors and leaders released a statement Dec. 18 applauding alternative language aimed at preventing health-care reform from being derailed by debate over abortion.
-- From "Evangelical leaders support abortion compromise in health-care plan" by Bob Allen, Associated Baptist Press 12/18/09
Evangelical leaders including Ron Sider of Evangelicals for Social Action, Florida mega-pastor Joel Hunter and Christianity Today Editor David Neff applauded Casey's effort to move debate over health-care beyond abortion.
Baptist signers included David Gushee, a professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University who writes a regular column for Associated Baptist Press, and Glen Stassen, a former Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professor who now teaches Christian ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary.
The evangelical leaders also welcomed expansion of economic-support measures in the legislation, citing statistics that 73 percent of women who have an abortion say they cannot afford to have a child.
"Given the complicated set of concerns surrounding abortion funding and coverage in health care reform, this alternative language ... is a way forward," the leaders said. "We urge all other pro-life people of good will to give it the careful consideration it deserves."
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Compare to liberal 'christians' supporting taxpayer-funded abortion.