From May 29, 2008 article by John Lomperis:
By the end of the General Conference, abortion opponents had gained significant ground without losing anything that they already had.
While the pace has been much more gradual than many of us would like to see, the trend of the last 20 years for the United Methodist Church’s public witness on abortion has been in a clearly pro-life direction. If pro-life United Methodists continue to stay within their denomination and build on previous victories, it should only be a matter of time before United Methodism more wholeheartedly joins the ecumenical effort to defend vulnerable human life.
It is worth remembering that there is recent precedent for a denomination becoming pro-life. In this last generation, we have seen America’s largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, progress from having an official position of strong support for legalized abortion–with prominent denominational officials lobbying against abortion restrictions–to today being an indispensable bulwark of the pro-life movement.