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Presbyterian Church defines limits on late abortions

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) assembly reaffirmed a woman's right to an abortion if the fetus is too young to survive outside the womb. After that, it said, abortion is acceptable only to save a woman's life, avoid fetal suffering or in cases of rape or incest.

At a meeting in Columbus, the assembly approved a measure that also says the mother must receive counseling from pastors and doctors.

Supporters called the vote a reasonable compromise in line with the church's pro-choice stand. But Terry Schlossberg, of Presbyterians Pro-Life protested: ''This allows for so many exceptions; there's no way for the church to counsel that any late-term abortion would be objectionable.''

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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): http://www.pcusa.org



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