Presbyterian agencies reach compromise on late-term abortions

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2002

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) committee on social policy has agreed to drop its stance that a late-term, viable fetus may be aborted if there is a lack of resources or commitment to care for a child, Presbyterian News Service reported.

The social policy committee and a committee on litigation negotiated differences and will make a joint recommendation to the church's June national assembly.

The compromise approves abortions after viability if necessary ''to save the life of the woman, to preserve the woman's health in circumstances of a serious risk to the health of the woman, to avoid fetal suffering as a result of untreatable life-threatening genetic anomalies, or in cases of incest or rape.''

Last year's national assembly asked the two committees to jointly clarify the denomination's view of late-term abortions.

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