On the sanctity of human life and the protection of the unborn

In accordance with its origin in Divine creation, the Apostolic Episcopal Church holds that all human life is sacred and that the Divine spark is present in all people.

The Apostolic Episcopal Church considers that human life begins at conception. It notes that in many countries, it is legally acceptable to kill unborn children, not from medical necessity, but as a result of the desire or the convenience of the mother. The Apostolic Episcopal Church unequivocally condemns the availability of abortion on this basis.

The Apostolic Episcopal Church notes that the arguments put forward in favour of abortion frequently rest upon the dehumanization of the unborn child, and claims that diminish the reality that the unborn child is fully human and sentient from the moment of conception and ignore its rights. Except in cases where medical intervention is genuinely necessary, the murder of the unborn is as entirely unacceptable as the murder of any other innocent person, and is prohibited by the Fifth Commandment of the Decalogue.

Our societies are judged by the way they treat the most vulnerable. There are none more vulnerable than the unborn.

Psalm 139: “For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”