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During a $100 Million Hospital Merger, Kerry Heimrich, President and CEO of Adventist Health, stated that they Welcome LGBTQ Employees and that they have no Church Directive on Reproductive Rights

09-07-2022 09:08 AM CET | Leisure, Entertainment, Miscellaneous

Press release from: Advent Messenger



On August 11, 2022, Mid-Columbia Medical Center (MCMC) located in Oregon and Adventist Health announced the intent for MCMC to join Adventist Health. As part of this agreement, Adventist Health, a church-owned health care system operating in California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii, will pay $100 million to MCMC.

Kerry Heimrich, the new President and CEO of Adventist Health and the former CEO of Adventist-owned Loma Linda University Medical Center, Children's Hospital, and Behavioral Medicine Center, stated the following in a press release:

• "We welcome employees from all backgrounds, including the LGBTQ community," he added.

• Adventist Health has no church directive regarding reproductive rights, he said. "Decisions on reproductive rights are a discussion between a woman and her physician."

Here we have the President and CEO of Adventist Health expressing that there are no church directives on reproductive rights that govern their hospitals, and that these discussions should take place between a woman and her physician. These are the same arguments advanced by pro-abortion, pro-choice, and pro-death activists. So, no church directive exists to guide Seventh-day Adventist hospitals on the issue of "reproductive rights." How about "Thou shalt not kill"? That is much more than just a directive. It is the law (Exodus 20:13).

What about the Seventh-day Adventist Church's new and improved stance on abortion? Well, apparently, all of the effort and time spent developing that new position on abortion means absolutely nothing to our health-care institutions because it is not recognized as a directive. Our hospitals operate as if there is no church doctrine, policy, or directive against murder.

Adventist Health's President and CEO, Kerry Heimrich, was not the only one defending the pro-abortion and pro-choice position. Another Adventist Health administrator also publicly affirmed the pro-choice view in this same press release about the new hospital merger in Oregon. Joyce Newmyer, president of the Oregon Network Adventist Health and chief people officer, expressed the same sentiments about Adventist Health's policy on reproductive rights:

• Newmyer added that "as a woman, and an Adventist Health employee, I'm very proud of our position on reproductive rights, which leaves women in charge of their own bodies."

Top church officials are telling the public that Adventists promote the "My Body, My Choice" propaganda. Again, these are the same arguments advanced by those who support and promote abortion. They are championing bodily autonomy. They want abortion rights because they believe they have a right to control what happens to their bodies.

The main flaw in that argument is that it fails to recognize that one's rights end where the next person's rights begin. We must accept the fact that every human being has the right to life. And when your rights begin to infringe on the rights of others, we must draw the line.

It is a lie and a myth to assert that "My Body, My Choice" is a right to abortion. If it were truly your body, you would be the one killed during an abortion. But it isn't you who dies; it is an innocent baby who is murdered. And whether you, your doctor, or these spineless hospital or church administrators believe it or not, murder is morally wrong. If something is wrong, and murdering an unborn baby is evil, the issue should not be left up to the doctor, the patient, or anyone else.

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