Edina Community Lutheran Church declares and advocates actively for public policy to ensure that:
• Abortion is legal, regulated, and accessible to all
• People who choose to have legal abortions are not harassed or prevented from accessing abortion due to economic or other factors
• Reproductive health care, including contraception, is legal and accessible to all
While we long for a future with fewer abortions every year, we believe that criminalizing abortion is not the way to accomplish this. We oppose both the total lack of regulation of abortion as well as legislation that criminalizes abortion under most or all circumstances. We also oppose legislation that create barriers to accessing abortion health care. We will work together to ensure such legislation is not enacted.
It is our conviction that any person who is pregnant has moral agency and authority to discern what to do. We also recognize that while the choice is personal, decision-making often happens in community —with God, family, partners, friends, health care providers, and pastors. We respect and support each person’s path to discernment.
We must continue to be bold in our prayers and in our public witness for a more just society that cherishes and guarantees the dignity of all. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:13).
This statement is drawn from the ELCA Social Statement on Abortion, 1991, and from the Pastoral Message on Abortion from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, May 17, 2022.