I can’t remember where I read it, but at the time, I had no response so I chose to dismiss it. Anyways, this was in my email this morning.
In the news recently, there has been some misleading information regarding the ELCA’s advocacy regarding funding for abortions. The “Religious Institute” and its director, the Rev. Debra Haffner, claim mainline church support stronger public funding of abortions in health care legislation. Based on the Religious Institute’s open letter, LifeNews.com subsequently wrote an article which inappropriately and incorrectly stated that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America supports the letter and the coalition, when in fact we do not.
The ELCA Washington Office staff are working with a group of other faith-based partners to ask for a more forthright statement from the administration and congressional leadership that health care reform will not be used to increase the opportunities for public funding for abortions.
In addition, we are asking LifeNews.com to remove the headline reference to Lutherans, and also the text’s reference to the ELCA as institutional supporter of the letter and its purpose in asking for increased Senate funding. We are also asking the Religious Institute to offer a statement that the ELCA does not endorse the group and that our social statement on abortion is more nuanced than they portrayed.
The Rev. Andrew D. Genszler
Director for Advocacy
ELCA Washington Office
Seems that the ELCA isn’t trying to get more funding for abortions…huh.