From the Bishop

Protecting Vermont’s Most Vulnerable

January 31, 2019 

Last week the State of New York passed legislation to permit the abortion of babies all the way through the end of pregnancy. Our Archbishop, the Most Rev. Foley Beach, issued his own statement on the decision just a few days ago. This week the Vermont Legislature is considering the same type of bill, H– 0057. The fears and divisions of our national politics have pushed us into some very adversarial and at times ad hominin positions and arguments. The fears of pro-choice individuals over the election of Judge Kavanagh to the US Supreme Court have caused a reaction at the state level to ensure the right to abortions continue even if Roe vs Wade is overturned. 

The Vermont bill’s far-reaching legal implications for the lives of our unborn children are dire. It states that “a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus shall not have independent rights under Vermont law.” This opens the door for a baby’s termination at any time during the pregnancy and means that the legislature has reached a conclusion that a fetus is not a human being and has no rights. This thinking can open the door to various abuses on children still in the womb, even up to the time of birth, including scientific experimentation, the harvest of organs, and eugenics. 

This legislation extends the legal and moral implications much further than the current federal state of abortion law, and it does so without proper debate and reflection on the ramifications that will play out once this is in place. I urge the people of Vermont to contact their representatives and express their opposition to this legislation. Below is a link to the law itself and a list of the bill’s signers, along with how to contact them:

Please pray for Vermont, New York, and the United States as they move even further towards embracing a culture of death. I know that all is not lost, however, as even just this month I had the privilege of attending the March for Life in Washington DC and the Anglican Summit for Life. I saw first hand the massive crowds of those from every area of the country and every demographic coming together to support the right to life for all our children and the need to protect the most vulnerable among us. We join with Christians and non-Christians alike, who are now raising up to take a stand against this extreme disregard for the value of every human life, and we stand together in the midst of a growing darkness.

As we pray for and witness to those around us, let us do so as people who have been forgiven by the Lord Jesus Christ and through His Cross, always beginning and ending our conversations with the Gospel of Truth, Forgiveness, and Light.

And may the Lord have mercy on us all.

In Christ,

Bishop Bill Murdoch

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