By Tom Strode
Editor’s note: Jan. 16 is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday in the Southern Baptist Convention. Resources for churches are available here.
NASHVILLE — Many Southern Baptists will observe Sanctity of Human Life Sunday this year in their churches with the hope the court decision that legalized abortion nationwide may be only months away from its demise.
The 37th annual observance of Sanctity of Human Life Sunday on the Southern Baptist Convention calendar will be Jan. 16. It will arrive less than seven weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding a Mississippi law that prohibits abortions after 15 weeks’ gestation.
The state of Mississippi and many pro-life organizations, including the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, asked the high court not only to uphold the law but also to overturn its 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that made expansive abortion rights legal. The oral arguments offered some optimism the justices might grant those requests when an opinion is issued, which is expected this summer.
While Southern Baptists await the Supreme Court’s decision, they will continue to serve women in need and their unborn children through multiple ministries, especially pregnancy resource centers and the work of the ERLC and other SBC entities. [Read more…]