Adventist Leadership at General Conference file amicus brief with Supreme Court defending legalized abortion
In 1986 the state of Missouri enacted anti-abortion legislation with a preamble indicating that the life of each human being begins at conception. The statutes were challenged and eventually the legal fight made it's way to the Supreme Court in the case of Webster v. Reproductive Health Services. The name Webster comes from William L. Webster who was the attorney general for Missouri. When the case came before SCOTUS the legal counsel for the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church filed an amicus brief arguing in favor of legalized abortion claiming that statutes to protect children from violence "violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment because they place the imprimatur of the state upon a particular sectarian belief." (page 28)
Fact: Counsel of Record was Mr. Robert W. Nixon
Fact: Nixon listed his address as 6930 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912, the address used by General Conference official departments
Fact: The brief was filed March 30, 1989
Fact: Robert Nixon is listed in the official Adventist Church 1989 yearbook as official legal counsel for the GC here (page 28) https://documents.adventistarchives.org/Yearbooks/YB1989.pdf
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