WHEREAS, Southern Baptists have traditionally opposed abortion; and
WHEREAS, Title IX of the United States Code has been interpreted by federal regulatory agencies and federal courts to equate the failure or refusal to provide abortion services with “sex discrimination”; and
WHEREAS, The Civil Rights Restoration Act (formerly known as the Grove City Bill) if passed as is, will vastly expand the enforcement powers of federal agencies with regard to “sex discrimination”; and
WHEREAS, The Civil Rights Restoration Act, if passed as is, could be used in federal court to force pro-life hospitals to perform abortions; and
WHEREAS, The Danforth Abortion-Neutral Amendment which states, in part, that nothing in Title IX “shall be construed to grant to secure or deny any right relations to abortion or the funding thereof” will prevent the possibility that the Civil Rights Restoration Act could be used to require pro-life hospitals to perform abortions.
Therefore, be it RESOLVED, That we, the messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, June 16-18, 1987, call upon the Senate of the United States to pass the Danforth Abortion-Neutral Amendment to the Civil Rights Restoration Act; and
Be it finally RESOLVED, That the messengers to the 1987 Southern Baptist Convention urge the Christian Life Commission to vigorously support the Danforth Amendment.
RESOLUTION ON THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROMANIAN BAPTIST CONVENTION
WHEREAS, The Southern Baptist Convention is one of the most ethnically diverse denominations in America; and
WHEREAS, Many of the ethnic groups have experienced numerical growth as Southern Baptists; and
WHEREAS, Some of these ethnic groups have formed fellowships in order to relate to the life of the denomination; and
WHEREAS, One of these fellowships, the Romanian Baptist Convention, is celebrating its 75th anniversary in Chicago, September 5-7, 1987.
Therefore, be it RESOLVED, That we, the messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, June 16-18, 1987, join these fellow Southern Baptists in celebration and prayer on this occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Romanian Baptist Convention.