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UM Social Agency Does "Not" Represent UM On Abortion, Mr. President

From: James Gibson osjude@attglobal.net
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2001 8:42 PM 
To: President@whitehouse.gov 
Subject: Jim Winkler Letter

The Honorable George W. Bush The White House Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. President:

I am informed by United Methodist News Service that Mr. Jim Winkler, general secretary of the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) of The United Methodist Church, has written to you, objecting to your recent executive order reinstating a ban on federal funding for international family planning agencies which provide abortions.

As a faithful member of The United Methodist Church, Mr. President, you are probably well aware that the GBCS has been involved in recent years in numerous activities promoting unrestricted access to abortion in the United States and abroad. Despite last year's General Conference action clarifying our denomination's position on this issue, it appears the GBCS, under Mr. Winkler's leadership, will continue its involvement in pro-abortion activities, which began under its former general secretary, the Rev. Thom Fassett.

The self-generated publicity garnered by Mr. Winkler and his public statements on social issues often gives the general public the impression that The United Methodist Church, as a denomination, supports the abhorrent practice of abortion without any restrictions. It is imperative, Mr. President, that you not be misled by the GBCS in its misrepresentation of our denomination's position on this vital issue. In supporting the sanctity of human life, you stand squarely with the mainstream of United Methodism and its rich heritage of compassion for the most helpless members of society.

Thank you again for your firm stand for life.

Sincerely yours,

Rev. James Gibson
Marshallville United Methodist Church 
P.O. Box 186 
Marshallville, Georgia 31057

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