Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court Decision Concerning Roe v. Wade

Danny Akin, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS), released the following email to the Southeastern community on Friday, June 24, 2022, after the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn its 1973 ruling concerning Roe v. Wade.

Dear SEBTS Family,

Today is an historic day as the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade. The decision by the court in 1973 has led to the killing of almost 64,000,000 babies made in the image of God. I am incredibly thankful that the Lord has allowed this decision to happen.

This decision does not mean the end of the practice of abortion. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision does not ban abortion but returns it to voters in each state. Therefore, the fight to see abortion come to an end is entering a new phase.

In North Carolina, abortion is still legal, and we must continue the fight to see it outlawed in our state and other states. North Carolina has the potential of becoming a destination state for abortions. This decision makes the work of organizations like Gateway Women’s Care, Human Coalition, and others incredibly important to serve as places where women can get the right counsel and care that they need to decide to preserve life rather than end it. Please pray for and support organizations like these in their vital work. One of our trustees, Melinda Delahoyde, is the President of Gateway Women’s Care here in the Raleigh-Durham area and has been on the front lines for decades in the fight to see abortion come to an end.

Let us praise the Lord today for the wisdom that he granted the U.S. Supreme Court. Let us continue to pray for our state legislators around the country to make the right decision to preserve life. Let us continue to pray for and support our pregnancy centers around the nation as their work continues to be vital in the effort to persuade mothers and fathers to not take the path of abortion. Also, pray for those that have been through an abortion. I am thankful that in Christ there is both forgiveness and hope.

May King Jesus be glorified as we work to see abortion in our country come to an end.

In Christ’s Service,
Daniel L. Akin
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

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