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The Salvation Army believes in the sanctity of all human life from the moment of fertilization, considering each person to be of infinite value, and each life a gift from God to be cherished, nurtured and preserved.

The Salvation Army supports efforts to protect and promote the welfare of the weak and defenceless person, including the unborn. It takes seriously the rights and needs of both the foetus and the mother. Holding to the Christian ideals of chastity before marriage and fidelity within it, The Salvation Army is opposed to abortion on demand as a means of birth control. It accepts that termination of a pregnancy may be justified on certain limited grounds; that is, where, in the judgement of competent medical and allied staff, the pregnancy poses a serious threat to the life of the mother, or could result in irreversible physical injury to the mother. Further, in cases of proven rape or legally defined incest an abortion may be justified because of the extent to which rape and incest violate the whole person.

Termination of a pregnancy may also be justified where reliable diagnostic procedures determine that a foetal abnormality is present which is incompatible with life other than brief post-natal survival or where there is total absence of cognitive function.

It is The Salvation Army’s experience that, where unwanted pregnancies occur, in most instances it us best to counsel acceptance of the situation by all involved, and for the foetus to be carried to term. All possible supportive help and assistance with whatever planning is necessary should be offered.

In those situations where our counsel has not been accepted and an abortion has taken place, The Salvation Army will continue to show love and compassion and to offer its services and fellowship to those involved.

A serious commitment to the protection and care of the unborn calls us equally to promote and work for a society in which all those born into it find loving acceptance and the resources necessary to enable them to reach their fullest potential.