Virginia is now an “abortion destination”. Planned Parenthood is sending their “clients” here because abortion is still legal up to the very moment of birth. There are multiple sites that are classified as “destination cities.”
In an age increasingly hostile towards saving lives in the womb, SBCV churches continue to stand with and for the unborn. Article XVIII of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 reflects the biblical truth: “Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord.”
On November 15, during the SBCV Annual Homecoming in Roanoke, SBCV churches presented Care Net Peninsula Executive Director Ryan Holloway with a $25,000 donation. Care Net Peninsula serves women facing unplanned pregnancies throughout Southeast Virginia. According to Care Net’s website (cnpeninsula.org), 3,000 women on the Peninsula will have unplanned pregnancies this year. Half of those will end in abortion…but they don’t have to!
Holloway shared, “In a post-Roe world, it’s more important than ever for the local church to care for women facing unplanned pregnancies. It’s an honor to partner with the SBCV to build a permanent place to care for local moms in Newport News.”
Southern Baptists have worked to protect the unborn through legislation, financial support, volunteer hours, and many other ways. In the past year, SBCV churches partnered with the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) to provide a mobile ultrasound machine in Albermarle County and one in Warrenton, VA. The support for Care Net Peninsula will enable the organization to serve 400 more women per year as they move into a new location; such support and partnership flow from theological convictions.
Their theological convictions are affirmed by the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, which states: “All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society. […] We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love” (Baptist Faith and Message 2000, Article XV).
We sing with the psalmist, “I will praise You because I am remarkably and wondrously made” (Psalm 139:14, CSB), and we rejoice in helping support a culture of life in Virginia. ■