Synod 2010 decided that the CRC’s Office of Social Justice should “boldly advocate for the church’s position against abortion.”
A request made to synod stated that the Office of Social Justice does not currently offer many resources to advocate for the unborn. It pointed out that Synod 1998 urged CRC churches to “proclaim boldly our opposition to the North American atrocity of abortion.”
“We ought to speak out for the unborn,” said elder Don Jabaay, Classis Yellowstone. “What more of a social justice issue is there than life, life itself?”
“It’s true that we haven’t been very forthright in the past to make our [CRC] position [on abortion] well known and encourage government officials to take action to prevent abortion,” said Calvin Theological Seminary faculty adviser Rev. Calvin Van Reken.