Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri Synod Lutherans Stand Against Sale of Baby Parts

October 6, 2015
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Joint statement reaffirms shared teaching on respect for human life

ST. LOUIS – The leaders of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) released a joint statement on Tuesday which reaffirms their shared teachings on the respect for human life and expresses shock over the content of recently released undercover videos.

The statement from Archbishop Robert Carlson and Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison says, in part: “Like millions of Americans, including those in the Roman Catholic Church and The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, we have been shaken to the core by what we have witnessed: intact babies, at times still alive, having their body parts harvested as a commodity. We are shocked at the image of tiny hands and feet seen in a glass pie plate. We are horrified at what we have seen and heard. Such actions and attitudes have no place in our society.”

The statement goes on to make clear that the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Missouri Synod are ready “to offer resources to help parents of any faith background who are in need of medical, financial or social service assistance both during pregnancy and after.”

In closing, the two leaders make clear that they are committed “to all life in all its stages from conception to natural death.”

The full statement can be found at


The statement can be downloaded here