The Ethics and Religious Liberty of the Southern Baptist Convention is the political arm and supposedly a pro-life organization. Yet the elites of the Southern Baptist Convention consistently opposed taking meaningful positions on the issue of abortion, with the ERLC being chief among them.
On the big day for the convention, the Southern Baptist Convention passed the “Evangelicals For Biden Resolution” which defends the Hyde Amendment. However, Bill Ascol, the brother of Tom Ascol of Founders Ministries, successfully managed to overrule the Resolutions Committee to debate his resolution on the abolition of abortion, in what was the only meaningful conservative win that day.
On the 16th, they debated the resolution that called for legislation that would ban all abortion. It’s worth noting that the Resolutions Committee rejected this proposal believed that their resolution on the Hyde Amendment was sufficient. The two who spoke in opposition to the amendment were first a seminary professor who talked down on the supporters of the resolution and second a stooge in the ERLC.
The man from the supposedly pro-life organization argued against calling for the immediate abolition of abortion because he wanted to celebrate incremental measures. In his closing remarks he championed protecting the Hyde Amendment and ending (only) partial birth abortion (this may have been a gaffe) before championing Missouri as the first state to become abortion free. Note: Missouri accomplished this by targeting the providers, not by incrementally dropping abortion from 35 weeks to 20 weeks etc.
The resolution would be amended and passed. The Southern Baptist Convention would take it’s strongest stance yet on abortion, in spite of efforts to undermine the faithful messengers.
It’s important to recognize that there is a game going on. Pro-life activists believe they are saving lives. And many prominent groups want to gatekeep on what strategies are acceptable ie March For Life and National Right To Life. The ERLC is likewise trying to lecture you about how pro-life activism should be done at the legislative level. This is likened to a political justifying why they can’t do their jobs to their voters. There are deep red state, like Oklahoma, where abortion abolition efforts are killed by Republicans who would much rather campaign on the issue than solve it. In a state like Maryland, obviously take what you can get, but in much of where the SBC is located their is no excuse for the soft stance the ERLC has always taken on abortion, let alone the glorified blog writing articles about how we shouldn’t preach against abortion from the pulpits.
Part of what makes this elitism is that they believe they know better simply because they work for Big Eva. But in being unwilling to take a firm stand, they are then unable to call politicians to account for killing meaningful abortion legislation. And thus the ERLC is perhaps the most ineffective pro-life organization that exists.