(Houston Chronicle) Evangelicals this week hailed decisions by the United Methodist General Conference, which ended Friday, in backing away from previous "pro-choice" stances, Christianity Today reports.
Delegates meeting in Portland, Ore., voted 445-310 to repeal their 40-year-old resolution supporting Roe v. Wade, and 425-268 to withdraw from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, whose pro-choice stance extends to late-term and sex-selective abortions.
The votes came in the came quadrennial session in which delegates sidestepped controversy over the denomination's bans on ordaining GLBT clergy and officiating at same-sex weddings by establishing a committee to consider the issues.
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Advocates on both sides worry that the controversy, if unresolved, could split the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination.