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June 30, 2010
This will be a short report as it is after midnight in Minneapolis. As a commissioner my days are long and I will start again early tomorrow. My day was spent editing the New Form of Government. It was actually pleasant and the committee process has been remarkably smooth.
Incredible contrast
Yesterday Dr. David Swanson delivered a powerful and uplifting message at the PPL Luncheon event. You can watch it here.
Today I went to the luncheon of Presbyterians Affirming Reproductive Options. Dr. Leroy Carhart, late-term abortionist, spoke of the many pregnant women that he has "helped" by providing abortions late in pregnancy. Two security guards stood at the entrances to the room as he spouted political slogans of the pro-abortion community and said, "We've got to stop making friends of your enemies! This is war!"
I was saddened to see several members of the PC(USA) with whom I have worked hard to build relationships sitting under such hateful rhetoric. This kind of politicizing of the debate does nothing to help the church and I am disappointed that PARO chose this type of speaker for their event.
The good news is that an overture speaking out against forced abortion was approved by committee. Their recommendation will go to plenary later in the week.
Thank you for your many prayers...they are making all the difference!
Yours in Christ for life,

Marie Bowen
Presbyterians Pro-Life
Show your power to our children
"Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil. Let your work be shown to your servants and your glorious power to their children."
Psalm 90:14-16