Methodist pastor: caring about the unborn is “idolatry”

“Opponents of abortion in America have attributed to fetal life a sacredness that is actually idolatry… Fetal idolatry denies a woman’s right to control her body, her life, her destiny, all of which must be sacrificed to an embryo or fetus once she is pregnant…

Fetal idolatry shows no mercy. … One of the major critiques of idolatry about unborn life is its lack of concern for the abundant or purposeful life to which all of us should be called. No one of us should be an unwanted child or have to experience emotional abandonment or lack of compassion and love in childhood.”

Minister John M Swomley

John M Swomley Compulsory Pregnancy: the War against American Women (Amherst, New York: Humanist Press, 1999) 78

Swomley  is an ordained United Methodist minister, from 1960 to 1984 he was professor of Christian Ethics at St. Paul’s school of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. He’s also president of Americans for Religious Liberty and a longtime board member and sometimes vice president of the American Civil Liberties Union and chair of Church – State committee (at the time this book was written)

Is caring about unborn babies like the one below “idolatry?”



Are prolifers without mercy? what about the unborn baby’s right to live? Does that matter?

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Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life. She lives in NJ.

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