By Dave Andrusko
We are 13 days removed from when the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments over Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act, passed in 2018. Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization centers on a law that prohibits abortion after the 15th week with narrow exceptions.
The pro-life Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) will host a Prayer Service for Life at the LCMS International Center (IC) in St. Louis on Nov. 30 at 5 p.m., the day before the justices hear the case.
According to Cheryl Madness of The Reporter, “Those who value the preservation of life at all its stages, from conception to natural death, are invited to take part by attending in person, watching via live stream or holding their own prayer service locally. In partnership with Concordia Publishing House, the worship bulletin is available for individual and congregational use” [https://reporter.lcms.org/2021/synod-to-hold-prayer-service-for-life-on-eve-of-supreme-court-abortion-case].
Deaconess Tiffany Manor, director of LCMS Life Ministry, said, “We lament the tragedy of abortion, and we mourn the many lives lost. We pray that those who make carry out and judge our laws would do so according to the will of God.”
In the Fall 2021 issue of the Synod’s Free to be Faithful® newsletter, the Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz, executive director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty, wrote
“Roe v. Wade claimed that the government’s role, for the first time in American history, was to sanction the taking, not the protecting, of vulnerable, innocent human life. Roe actually argued that the more vulnerable the life, the more it can be aborted out of existence. The Dobbs case rightly challenges that assertion, directing our country back to a basic respect for life for all.”