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As late as 1958, the Episcopal Church held a strong pro-life position, stating, "Abortion and infanticide are to be condemned." In 1967, the 62nd General Convention of the Episcopal Church supported abortion law "reform," to permit the "termination of pregnancy" for reasons of life, rape, incest, fetal deformity, or physical or mental health of the mother. In 1982, the 66th General Convention condemned the use of abortion as a means of gender selection and non-serious abnormalities.

By 1988, the 69th General Convention had developed a position that stated, "All human life is sacred. Hence it is sacred from its inception until death." The statement goes on to call for church programs to assist women with problem pregnancies and to emphasize the seriousness of the abortion decision. In 1994, the 71st General Convention expressed "unequivocal opposition to any ... action ... that (would) abridge the right of a woman to reach an informed decision about the termination of her pregnancy, or that would limit the access of a woman to a safe means of acting upon her decision." In 1997, at the 72nd General Convention, the delegates approved a resolution that did not condemn partial-birth abortions but expressed grave concerns about the procedure, "except in extreme situtions." Source

Related articles and commentary:

Living in the Darkness: Episcopalians and the Ethics of Abortion
Comment at TitusOneNine
Executive Council Affirms Church’s Membership in Abortion Rights Group
Comment at TitusOneNine

Notes:

The on-line archives of the Episcopal Church begin with 1976.

1967 - Weakening position on abortion appears to begin here.

1976 Resolution D095 Reaffirm the 1967 General Convention Statement on Abortion

1976 - 2000: All resolutions of convention dealing with abortion.

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