To Whom It May Concern:

I am a PC(USA) member and ruling elder.  Looking at the front page of the PC(USA) website, I noticed the meaningful and beautiful prayers offered in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.  Thank you for that.  I looked to see what prayer was offered by the PC(USA) for the tiny victims of the Kermit Gosnell abortion clinic, but a search revealed no mention on the PC(USA) website.  Did I enter the wrong search terms? Did I look in the wrong place?  I then searched for prayers offered for the mothers killed by Kermit Gosnell, but did not find a mention of that either.  I searched for the outrage that so many babies and women of color were brutalized and murdered by Gosnell with no outcry from the PC(USA).  I found nothing.  

Since 1992, the PC(USA) has refused to take an official moral stand on the issue of abortion--perhaps one of the greatest moral questions of this century or the last.  The cowardice of the PC(USA) has not been lost on members or observers, but that the denomination would take its determination to sanction a woman's killing her own child so far as to ignore the evil perpetrated by Gosnell and his employees is beyond belief.  There is blood guilt on the hands of every member of this denomination over our lack of moral clarity on this issue.  Throughout the Bible, we are exhorted to care for the defenseless--the widows and orphans.  God would not stand for children to be given over to sacrifice in worship of Moloch and Baal.  Jesus instructed us to care for “the least of these”--even the least of these separated from life, and yes, from church baptism by only a few inches of birth canal and the luxury of having been wanted.

The PC(USA) is sinfully proud of its social justice witness, however fails to honor the the only true basis for social justice which is the recognition that life belongs to God.  The PC(USA) is good at proclaiming social justice, but turns a blind eye to the only group that is completely dependent, completely dependent on us for everything--the unborn.  They are truly innocent.  They are truly stamped with God’s image, yet the PC(USA) participates in advocating the killing of 3,000 innocents per day here in the United States.  Worse, rather than evangelizing the Gospel, the PC(USA) helps spread this terrible sin all over the globe, where 125,000 babies worldwide die from abortion before they are born and by feeding spiritual poison to the very people to whom the Church owes spiritual food. 

I call on you to publicly repent .

Elder Martha E. Leatherman


  1. Amen and Amen. God, forgive us.

  2. Would it not be better to spare the life of the child and offer the child over for adoption to some willing parents? In the case of danger to the mother, would it not be best for doctors to do their best in the eyes of God to save both, and leave the result up to God's plan and God?

    Seems to me that PCUSA has become too political where the majority vote rules instead of the scripture which was laid out before us by God with guidelines for every aspect of life. We just need to follow the owner's manual for our soul.


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